Flagstaff Police are mourning the death of officer Daniel Beckwith, whose body was found in his Mesa home on Tuesday. Investigators say the officer, who was on paid leave, is an apparent victim of suicide.
Sgt.Charles Hernandez described Beckwith as someone always willing to go the extra mile to help his colleagues who showed up each day with a smile on his face.
Beckwith was one of two patrolmen involved in the fatal shooting of a 78-year old man who pointed a gun at officers in February of 2018. He was cleared of any wrongdoing in that case, and Flagstaff Police have not said why Beckwith was on paid leave when he died.
The case serves as a reminder of the stress officers face on the job, and the high risk for suicide among many in law enforcement.
The founder of We care Northern Arizona, Clay McCauslin, says officers are trained not to show theiir emotions on the job, and need to be able to reach out for help.
If you or anyone you know may be contemplating self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or visit wecarenaz.org.
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