Deputy Sheriff David Eugene Beck

Deputy Sheriff David Eugene Beck

Mobile County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, November 17, 1975

David Eugene Beck

Deputy Sheriff David Beck and Deputy Sheriff Robert Stolz were shot and killed while searching a wooded area for two men who had fired a load of buckshot at another deputy during a traffic stop earlier in the day. Both deputies, caught in a merciless crossfire, managed to empty their revolvers killing one suspect.

The second 22-year-old suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. In 1989 and again in 1992 he received new trials and was sentenced to life each time. He has a parole hearing March 1, 2019.

Deputy Beck had served with the Mobile County Sheriff's Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender One sentenced to life; One shot and kill

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39 years ago today you took your last breath. You made the ultimate sacrifice to insure the safety of citizens as well as other law enforcement officers in Mobile County. Although I was only 8 yrs old when you were murdered I will always remember looking up to you when I would see you in your uniform. The impact you made in my life at such a young age made me want to continue in your shoes. I think of you often when I'm patrolling the same streets you patroled many years ago. One day I will be able to share stories of my experience as a law enforcement officer. Until then you will never be forgotten !

Your nephew, Sgt. Paul Bailey (MCSO)

Paul Bailey, Sergeant
Mobile County Sheriffs Office

November 17, 2014

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