Deputy Sheriff Theodore L. Beckmann, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Theodore L. Beckmann, Jr.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 8, 1989

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Theodore L. Beckmann, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Theodore Beckmann was killed after his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on Mission Avenue near La Canada Road.

He was responding to a child abuse call when he noticed a truck fishtailing down the road. He pulled off to the shoulder to avoid the truck but it drove over the driver's side of his vehicle, killing him. Deputy Beckmann's partner survived the incident.

The suspect was charged with manslaughter but was acquitted.

Deputy Beckmann was a United States Navy veteran who served with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for eight years. He is survived by his two sons.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted

vehicle crash

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Ted, your name popped into my head a few days ago, some 33 years after you left us. I still tell the story of you joining the Coast Guard thinking you'd be patrolling off the San Diego coast and instead ended up patrolling the Mekong River.

Mike Jessie
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February 10, 2022

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