January 25, 2014

Brian Beck - Law Enforcement - Oklahoma

Undersheriff Brian Beck, age 40, died in the line of duty on January 23, 2014, on a highway near Dill City, Oklahoma.

Brian was a member of the Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma.

Undersherrif Beck had gone to the home of Quentin Johnson, age 27, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to serve several felony warrants when Johnson fled in his truck. Undersheriff Beck began to pursue the subject and called for backup.

The pursuit lasted for 31 minutes and ended when Quentin Johnson crashed his vehicle and died.  

About 3 miles from where Quentin Johnson crashed, two patrol cars involved in the pursuit collided.  One patrol car was driven by Undersheriff Brian Beck and the other by Police Officer Kristian Willhight.  Both law enforcement officers were killed. 

Brian grew up and attended schools in Canute, Oklahoma and graduated in 1992. He served as a member of the Canute Volunteer Fire Department.  He had previously worked for the Canute Police Department. 

He was dedicated to his police work and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, gun collecting and spending time with his family and friends. 

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
The Washita County Sheriff's Office and the Burn's Flat Police Department are in mourning over the loss of their brothers. 

Brian is described by friends as helpful, kind-hearted, thoughtful and considerate.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

Brian is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, Kay Beck; father, David Beck; his brothers Brad and Brent Beck; his wife, Shannon; and his daughters Melinda and Kamie. 

Thank you for your service to the public, Brian.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and gone the next. Amen.

Pray that Brian is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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