Valdosta man pleads guilty to shooting police officer

| March 28, 2017

VALDOSTA – District Attorney Bradfield M. Shealy announced today that Stephen Beck, 22, of 3833 N. Oak Street Extension, Apt. 161, pled guilty to shooting Officer Randall Hancock of the Valdosta Police Department.

Beck pled guilty to one count of attempted murder (1-30) and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (5 years consecutive) on March 27, 2017 before Judge Harry Jay Altman, II.

Officer Hancock, at 8:00 a.m. on July 8, 2016 was dispatched to Three Oaks Apartments in reference to damage to a vehicle. As Officer Hancock was approaching the location he observed Stephen Beck and, believing Beck to be the complainant, pulled his police cruiser next to him and got out. A few words were spoken and Beck turned and walked away. Officer Hancock began following Beck believing that he was leading him to the damaged vehicle. Once Beck was 8 – 10 feet in front of Hancock he turned around and fired three rounds at Officer Hancock hitting him three times with a .38 caliber handgun. Officer Hancock was hit twice in his armored vest on the left side and once in the lower abdomen. Beck fled and Officer Hancock gave chase and once he had a clear line of fire he fired his service weapon and hit Stephen Beck in the head. Officer Hancock then retreated to cover as other officers began to arrive. Once they approached Beck and saw that he was down Officer Hancock instructed other officers to retrieve his First Aid kit from his car to administer first aid to Beck.

“This situation really shows how dangerous it is today to be a law enforcement officer. In this instance Officer Hancock was responding to an early morning call about damage to a vehicle, and as he attempted to do his job, was ambushed. He may not be with us today if it had not been for his body armor. The one good thing found in this terrible incident was that once the it was contained the first thing Officer Hancock did was to insist that the other officers get his First Aid kit to assist his assailant. This truly shows that our law enforcement officers are here to serve and protect.”

Stephen Beck’s sentencing is set for May 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Release from District Attorney Brad Shealy

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