Chief of Police Ben H. Beasley

Chief of Police Ben H. Beasley

Southern Pines Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, October 21, 1931

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Ben H. Beasley

Chief Ben Beasley was shot and killed near Durham, North Carolina, while returning from Boydton, Virginia, on official business.

Chief Beasley had gone to Boydton to assist a man in having charges dropped against him for attempting to murder his wife by drowning. Chief Beasley, the man, the man's wife, and the man's sister were in the vehicle when the man suddenly pulled a gun and fatally shot the chief in the head and his wife in the shoulder.

The vehicle, which was being driven by the chief, crashed, killing the suspect's sister. The man then fled to a hotel in Tarboro where he was arrested later in the evening. He committed suicide in jail the following day by hanging himself.

Chief Beasley was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

You went to great lengths to help a man who then turned around and shot you. His suicide was understandable after he caused your death and his own sister's death. I am sorry that you were robbed of your life.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 21, 2009

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