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Stafford E. Beckett

Name:   Stafford E.  Beckett

Date of Birth:  1890

Date of Death:  03/21/1921

Location of Death:    El Paso, Texas

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH

Prohibition Agent Stafford Beckett accompanied by Narcotics Agent Charles E. Wood and several other prohibition agents executed a Federal search warrant at the C. P. Sherman ranch near El Paso, TX. As the agents alighted from their cars, Sherman, hiding behind a building, began shooting at them. Additional gunfire was directed at the agents from other locations on the ranch. The agents and suspects exchanged gunfire for over two hours. Both Agents Beckett and Wood were killed during the gunfight. Sherman and other suspects were taken into custody and charged under State law with murder and other crimes.

BACKGROUND

Agent Beckett's name also appears on the DEA Memorial along with Narcotics Agent Charles Wood.

PERSONAL

Agent Beckett was survived by his wife, Rose and their two children, Robert and Dorothy.

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