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Relief Officer Fred A. Beell | Marshfield Police Department, Wisconsin Marshfield Police Department, Wisconsin

Relief Officer

Fred A. Beell

Marshfield Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Saturday, August 5, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: One killed; Two Apprehended

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Officer Beell was shot and killed after he and his partner respond to a burglary in progress call. Officer Beell's partner when to the side of the building while Officer Beell stayed in the front. His partner encountered one burglar on the side of the building and wounded him in a gun battle. The other suspect exited the front of the store and shot and killed Officer Beell before he was able to fire a shot. The suspects stole the patrol car and escaped. The next day police found one of the suspects dead from his gunshot wound, and later arrested the other two suspects. One suspect received 25 years in prison and the other received a life sentence.

Following a hugely successful wrestling career, Officer Beell served the citizens of Marshfield as a relief police officer on a part-time basis from 1921 to 1933. He was buried in Hillside Cemetery.

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Officer Beell wrestled in my home town of Baltimore at the Lyric Theater and was defeated by Gus "Americus" Shoenfeld. He lost his wrestling championship that night but went on to be a champion of another sorts in Marshfield. His service and life will never be forgotten.

David Eastman, Retired Police Officer
Baltimore Police Department
September 19, 2015


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