Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge
Offender: Sentenced to 3 months
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.