Captain William Henry Beard

Captain William Henry Beard

Oxford Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, August 19, 1977

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William Henry Beard

Captain Beard was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to the police department off Interstate 20 in Pell City. The prisoner complained that his handcuffs were too tight during the trip. As Captain Beard attempted to loosen the handcuffs the suspect gained control of Captain Beard's service weapon and shot him.

Captain Beard had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Rest in peace Captain Beard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 22, 2021

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