Sergeant Code W. Beverly, Jr.

Sergeant Code W. Beverly, Jr.

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 28, 1972

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Code W. Beverly, Jr.

Sergeant Code Beverly was shot and killed as he and his partner walked to their assigned post.

As the officers approached the corner of 20th Street and Valencia Street, a suspect opened fire from a window with a rifle. Sergeant Beverly was killed and his partner was wounded.

The suspect then fled in a car which he crashed into 2 parked cars six blocks away. He then fled on foot, rifle in hand. The suspect was later arrested in his apartment without incident. He told the arresting officers that he had recently lost his job, and had received numerous traffic citations causing his license to be revoked. After drinking heavily all day, he lost control and when he saw the officers walking down the street, he just opened fire.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on August 2, 1972. He died in prison February 19, 2001.

Sergeant Beverly had served with the agency for 7 years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1460

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

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I attended grammar school with Code Beverly and was unaware that he was killed in the line-of-duty until I was conducting a Life Parole Consideration Hearing at Folsom Prison in the late 1990's. Sergeant Beverly's sister had traveled from the midwest to oppose the inmate's parole. I was saddened as I saw her having to relive the details of the homicide. I know she will not need to attend any more parole hearings because the inmate did in fact serve life in prison and died in 2001.

My heart is always stirred when a fellow-officer is killed in the line-of-duty and Sergeant Beverly's death is more reflective because I knew him. I also offer my sympathies to his sister who faithfully did her part to see that justice was done for her brother.

Jim Dowling
Deputy Commissioner (Retired), California Parole Board

May 18, 2019

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