Detective James Franklin Beckham

Detective James Franklin Beckham

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 3, 1928

James Franklin Beckham

Detective Beckham was shot and killed in the 5400 block of North West 6th Court by a bootlegger he was going to arrest. He was seated in his police vehicle when he was struck with a shotgun blast in the chest and killed instantly.

The 27-year-old suspect said he thought Detective Beckman was a returning member of a gang of hijackers who tried to steal his stash of liquor earlier. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three months in jail.

Detective Beckham had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 3 months

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Detective J. Frank Beckham,

I am proud to be married to your great-grandson, Joseph Bardinelli. Following in your footsteps, he too, became a police officer, just like his father before him. I hope somehow you already know, but just in case, I'll leave it here. Next month, Joe and I will welcome our second son into our home. We are honored to name him Thomas Beckham. Beckham will know your story and will feel the same honor and respect for you that we do. I am so grateful for your sacrifice and through this new child, your name will live on and you will never be forgotten.

Much Love and Respect

Asst. Fire Marshal Meagan Bardinelli
Kingsport Fire Department

March 2, 2013

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