Police Officer James Clark Beyea

Police Officer James Clark Beyea

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 7, 1988

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James Clark Beyea

Police Officer James Beyea was shot and killed by a suspect during a foot pursuit. The suspect was able to gain control of Officer Beyea's service weapon and fatally shot him.

The suspect was shot and killed a short time later canine officers who had tracked him to the attic of an abandoned house.

Officer Beyea was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for nine months. He is survived by his parents and sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 25532
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

foot pursuit

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I read about you Officer Beyea in a book. I thought of my own son, 22 years old and living his dream to be a law enforcement officer. I think of your mother, father, the devastation of your friends and family. God bless them all and you are remembered as a hero.

Tanya, Mom of deputy.
Adams County Sheriff’s Office

October 8, 2023

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