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Special Constable Malachi J. Beasley | Princess Anne County, Virginia Princess Anne County, Virginia

Special Constable

Malachi J. Beasley

Princess Anne County, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, September 24, 1898

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Special Constable Beasley was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man wanted for stealing a handgun earlier in the day.

The victim of the theft made a complaint to the local justice of the peace, who swore in Mr. Beasley as a special constable in order to arrest the suspect.

Special Constable Beasley located the subject on the 2800 block of North Landing Road, about a one mile from the Princess Anne County Courthouse. When the constable informed the suspect he was under arrest, the man immediately pulled out the pistol and opened fire, striking Constable Beasley in the neck and head, killing him.

The suspect fled the scene but was later arrested by a posse. The man was transferred to the Norfolk City Jail for his own safety. On October 3, 1898, a grand jury recommended his case be tried, and on December 6, 1898, he was sentenced to death by hanging.

Special Constable Beasley had only been sworn in hours before he was murdered. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Special Constable Beasley, though you served for one day, you will forever be humbly honored as a police hero. Your first name means my king in the Hebrew language. You fulfilled Our Creator's statutes and now may you rest in serene peace in heaven. Your mission here was deemed complete. So sad for your family and colleagues.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
September 24, 2017


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