Sergeant Ernest F. Beaugez

Sergeant Ernest F. Beaugez

Ocean Springs Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, May 27, 1954

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Ernest F. Beaugez

Sergeant Ernest Beaugez was shot and killed near Orange Grove, Mississippi by a suspect who had fled parole in California. Sergeant Beaugez arrested the suspect in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on a charge of drunkenness. As the town's single peace officer, Night Marshall Ernest Beaugez was opening a cell in the Pascagoula, Mississippi jail when the suspect overpowered, disarmed, and kidnapped him. Sergeant Beaugez was found murdered by his own gun a few days later. The suspect was apprehended following an armed robbery in another Mississippi town and was convicted of murder, and sentenced to death.

On September 9, 1954, the killer smashed the skull of Jailer J.C. Landrum, of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office, with an iron chair leg and escaped from the Hinds County Jail along with another death row inmate. Both were recaptured five days later 40 miles away after being spotted by a police helicopter. Jailer Landrum died minutes after the capture in the Jackson Hospital. The suspect was the first death row inmate executed in Mississippi's new gas chamber on March 3, 1955.

Sergeant Beaugez was survived by his wife, daughter and sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1955

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Sergeant Beaugez your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The City of Ocean Springs and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

May 27, 2016

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