Officer Daniel Beckwith—who had been with the department since July 2014—was on paid administrative leave at the time of his death. The leave was due to Beckwith's involvement in the fatal shooting of an armed subject who had pointed a weapon at a victim and officers.
 - Image courtesy of Flagstaff PD / Facebook.

Officer Daniel Beckwith—who had been with the department since July 2014—was on paid administrative leave at the time of his death. The leave was due to Beckwith's involvement in the fatal shooting of an armed subject who had pointed a weapon at a victim and officers.

Image courtesy of Flagstaff PD / Facebook.

An officer with the Flagstaff (AZ) Police Department was reportedly found dead by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this week.  

Officer Daniel Beckwith—who had been with the department since July 2014—was on paid administrative leave at the time of his death. The leave was due to Beckwith's involvement in the fatal shooting of an armed subject who had pointed a weapon at a victim and officers.

The department said on Facebook, "On March 12, 2019 Mesa Police were called to Officer Beckwith's residence regarding a report of a suicidal subject. Upon their arrival, he was discovered deceased by police. There were no other persons at the home when police arrived."

The agency added, "The City of Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Police Department extends its deepest condolences to Officer Beckwith's family and friends."

Editor's Note: If you or someone you know has ideation of suicide or is approaching crisis, please know that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Safe Call Now (1-206-459-3020) offers those services specifically for first responders.

On a website maintained by BlueH.E.L.P.—an organization that tracks officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from occurring—a first responder need only enter a few data points—such as their location and what kind of assistance is needed—and the individual will be provided with a list of options for help from a searchable database dedicated to helping first responders find emotional, financial, spiritual, and other forms of assistance.

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