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Don Alan Beckstead
Birth: Aug. 24, 1942
Phoenix
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 1971
Gallup
McKinley County
New Mexico, USA

Officer Don A. Beckstead

Arizona Department of Public Safety
End of Watch: Sunday, February 7, 1971 Age: 28
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: 409 Cause of Death: Gun fire
Date of Incident: Friday, February 5, 1971
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun

Suspect Info: Shot and killed Officer Beckstead was shot and killed after stopping the suspect who had just shot and killed Officer James Keeton minutes earlier.
Officer Keeton had stopped the man for a traffic violation on I-40 and a struggle ensued. The suspect gained control of Officer Keeton's weapon and shot him with it. It is believed that Officer Beckstead did not know that the man had just shot and killed Officer Keeton when he stopped the suspect a second time. The man was wanted for murdering a young girl in California. After shooting both officers the man murdered another citizen before being shot and killed by New Mexico State Police officers.

Officer Beckstead was survived by his wife and two sons. 
 
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 Parents:
  Gordon Logan Beckstead (1918 - 1991)
  Helen Marie Johnson Beckstead (1916 - 1998)
 
 Siblings:
  Don Alan Beckstead (1942 - 1971)
  Eleanor Ann Beckstead (1944 - 1986)*
  Jean Alice Beckstead (1947 - 1988)*
  Kay Dawn Beckstead (1950 - 1985)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
Phoenix
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Plot: 44.56.1.3
 
Created by: Chad Kendell
Record added: Aug 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40660208
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- Sadie May♥
 Added: May. 1, 2016
Went to Creighton Grammar School with Don.
- Cleo Malone Gartner
 Added: Aug. 11, 2015

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