Judge denies bond for man charged with shooting Valdosta cop

| July 15, 2016

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VALDOSTA – The man accused of shooting a Valdosta police officer during what investigators have described as a suicide-by-cop incident appeared before a judge Friday and was charged with attempted murder.

Stephen Paul Beck appeared before a Lowndes County Magistrate Judge at South Georgia Medical Center.

Beck has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and the attempted murder of a peace officer, according to reports from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Beck was denied bond on all counts.

Beck appeared before the judge one week to the day he opened fire on Valdosta Police Officer Randall Hancock. Beck lured the officer to the Three Oaks Apartment complex on North Oak Street Extension by calling 911 to report a car break-in.

officer hancockOnce Hancock was on the scene, Beck reportedly opened fire, striking Hancock three times. Hancock returned fire, injuring Beck.

Hancock was released from the hospital on Thursday and is continuing to recover.

Beck will remain at SGMC under the 24-hour-surveillance of multiple deputies from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office until he is able to be transported to the Lowndes County Jail.



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