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Officer James L. Keeton | Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona


James L. Keeton

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch: Friday, February 5, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # 310

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Keeton was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-40. A struggle ensued and the suspect gained control of his weapon and shot him with it. Minutes later Officer Don Beckstead stopped the man for another traffic violation. It is believed that Officer Beckstead did not know that the man had just shot and killed Officer Keeton.

During that traffic stop the suspect also shot and killed Officer Beckstead. 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 members of the New Mexico State Police.

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Officer Don A. Beckstead
Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona
End of Watch: Sunday, February 7, 1971
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The years may pass but your sacrifice will always be remembered! Thank you Trooper Keeton. Rest in Peace!

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D
February 5, 2015


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