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Officer Don A. Beckstead | Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona


Don A. Beckstead

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch: Sunday, February 7, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # 409

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/5/1971

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Beckstead was shot and killed after stopping the suspect who had just shot and killed Officer James Keeton minutes earlier.

Officer Keeton had stopped the man for a traffic violation on I-40 and a struggle ensued. The suspect gained control of Officer Keeton's weapon and shot him with it. It is believed that Officer Beckstead did not know that the man had just shot and killed Officer Keeton when he stopped the suspect a second time. The man was wanted for murdering a young girl in California. After shooting both officers the man murdered another citizen before being shot and killed by New Mexico State Police officers.

Officer Beckstead was survived by his wife and two sons.

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