Assistant Chief Richard Leo Beecher

Assistant Chief Richard Leo Beecher

Punta Gorda Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, October 10, 1978

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Richard Leo Beecher

Assistant Chief Richard Beecher was struck and killed by a vehicle while manning a roadblock near the intersection of U.S. 17 and Washington Loop Road during the search of an escaped murderer from the Charlotte County Jail.

He had flagged down a truck and stepped up on the running board to speak to the driver. After questioning the driver, he stepped down off the running board and was struck by a passing motorist. Assistant Chief Beecher was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries a few hours later.

The escapee was arrested a short time later.

Assistant Chief Beecher had served with the Punta Gorda Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

escapee, roadblock

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