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Policeman James L. Beck | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


James L. Beck

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 28, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/26/1931

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Policeman James Beck succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while responding to a domestic disturbance at 2053½ Dayton Avenue.

A male subject returned to Los Angeles from San Francisco and had gone to his common-law wife's home to demand custody of their 18-month-old child. When the woman refused to open the door the male subject broke it down.

As Policeman Beck and his partner arrived at the location the subject approached their car and began firing into it before either officer could exit the vehicle. Policeman Beck was struck twice but was able to return fire and wounded the subject, before the man fled the scene in a stolen vehicle.

Policeman Beck was transported to Georgia Street Receiving Hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds on January 28th, 1931.

His killer turned himself in a short time after the shooting. He was convicted of several charges, including Policeman Beck's murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

Policeman Beck had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for six years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. .

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 28, 2012


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