Officer Don A. Beckstead

Officer Don A. Beckstead

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, February 7, 1971

Don A. Beckstead

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.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 409

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 5, 1971
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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It will be 45 years tomorrow, a long life time. Many more years than you had the chance to live, to see your sons grow up, to enjoy each one of them and to enjoy your life. I miss you.

Ramsey Beckstead
Don's wife

February 6, 2016

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