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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Det, Beckham,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Miami. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 3, 2018

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