A Flagstaff police officer who, along with a second officer, shot and killed a man last year was found dead in his Mesa home on Tuesday of an apparent suicide, the department said.
Officer Daniel Beckwith was found after Mesa police went to the residence on a report of a suicidal man. No one else was home when police arrived, according to a post by Flagstaff police on its Facebook page Wednesday.
Beckwith had been with the department since July 2014.
He was placed on paid leave in June of 2018, and had been living in the Mesa area with his wife since then, the department said.
“At this time the family requests privacy; funeral arrangements are unknown at this time. The City of Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Police Department extends its deepest condolences to Officer Beckwith’s family and friends,” the department post said.
Beckwith was one of two officers who shot and killed 78-year-old John Hamilton after he pointed a gun at officers in February 2018 in Flagstaff. Body camera footage of the shooting from both officers was released by the department soon after.
According to police, Beckwith and Officer Travis Rowden were placed on paid leave following the shooting while it was investigated.
The Coconino County Attorney’s Office concluded in May that the officers would not face any criminal charges in the shooting, according to records.
Police did not specify why Beckwith had been on leave since June.
Where to get help
If you or a loved one needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, or Mercy Care’s 24-hour crisis line at 602-222-9444.
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center’s Department of Behavioral Health offers an intensive outpatient program for adults and teens. People can request a free assessment at 602-254-4357.
The La Frontera Arizona/EMPACT – Suicide Prevention Center offers services to children, adults, and families across the Valley. Call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 480-784-1500.
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In addition, Flagstaff Police Department cited the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline, which can be reached at 877-756-4090, or WeCare Northern Arizona — which also has several text support lines — at 800-273-8252.
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