Sheldon Beckham: Charged in Car Chase That Killed Police Officer David Haynes

Mar 26, 2010 at 7:32 am
click to enlarge Sheldon Beckham
Sheldon Beckham
Sheldon Beckham, 23, was charged yesterday with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, stealing under $500 and resisting arrest.

Beckham allegedly broke into a home in the 5400 block of Bancroft just before 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. St. Louis police officer David Haynes was responding to a call about the burglary when he spotted Beckham's vehicle and gave chase.

While pursuing the suspect, Haynes police cruiser was struck by another vehicle -- setting off a four vehicle accident that claimed Haynes' life. Beckham was taken into custody about 12 hours later.

A St. Louis City Circuit Court Judge ordered Beckham, of the 3200 block of Arsenal, held with no bond.

click to enlarge David Haynes
David Haynes
Officer Haynes joined the department in June of 2008 as a Civilian Recruit in Training and graduated from the St. Louis Police Academy on January 8, 2009.

Prior to joining the department he was a United States Marine. He spent his entire commissioned career assigned to the Second District as a patrolman. He leaves behind his wife, mother, brother and extended family and friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending.