Officer William Sam Beam

Officer William Sam Beam

Abilene Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 18, 1940

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William Sam Beam

Officer Sam Beam suffered a fatal heart attack moments after struggling with a drunk man on China Street.

He and his partner had responded to reports that the man had kicked in doors on two homes. When they arrived at the location they found the subject asleep. When they woke him up he immediately began fighting with both officers and then fled on foot.

Officer Beam's partner chased the man into a nearby barn. He had two citizens watch the barn as he returned to the patrol car to retrieve his flashlight. When he returned to the patrol he found Officer Beam slumped over in the front seat.

The subject was fined only $50 for being a habitual offender.

Officer Beam had served with the Abilene Police Department for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 70
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Officer Beam,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Abilene.


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July 18, 2020

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