A patrolman from Ashe County died at the end of his shift this weekend, according to sheriff’s office director of communications.
Patrolman Thomas “Tommy” Andrew Beamer died at the end of his shift on Saturday. He was 40. His cause of death has not yet been released.
Beamer served as a patrolman with the West Jefferson Police Department and a part-time telecommunicator with the Ashe County Communications Center.
He began his career by joining the WJPD on Oct. 11, 1996.
“Beamer was an asset and an inspiration to the departments and the communities he served,” said Director of Communications Kevin Hardy.
Beamer also has served as a volunteer member of the Surry County Rescue Squad and the Warrensville Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Lewis Beamer, one daughter, Alexis, and a son, Hayden, of the home; his mother, Mary Vance Beamer, of Mt. Airy; two brothers, Bryan Beamer, of Mt. Airy and Larry Beamer, of Bedford, Va; a sister, Kim Midkiff, of Black Mountain; and five nieces also survive.
Funeral services for Beamer are incomplete and are being handled by Boone Family Funeral Home in West Jefferson. Information may be obtained at boonefuneralhome.com or by calling 336-846-7979 .
Officers were called to the store shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. They found Sedrick Williams, 23, of Henderson, inside a vehicle. He had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
Officers later determined that the shooting occurred earlier in the morning near Pericos nightclub, 2414 Paula St.
Williams and Tobarus Oneal Alston, 33, of Henderson, had been asked by nightclub security guard Shontavius Levon Brown, 35, to leave the premises, Sughrue said.
Williams and Alston got into a vehicle, and Alston drove to the front of Pericos. Alston got out of the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with Brown on the street in front of the nightclub, Sughrue said.
Alston then drove the vehicle to the Kangaroo store, where police were called to investigate, Sughrue said.
Police on Sunday charged Alston with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for his role in the gunfire exchange. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Alston was being held Sunday in the Wake County jail.
Sughrue said detectives were looking into any actions Brown may have taken related to the shooting.
It was not yet clear how Williams was shot, or what role he had in the gunfire exchange.
Patrons, employees and security guards did not call 911 about the gunfire at the Pericos nightclub, Sughrue added.
Anyone with information about the shooting who has not yet been interviewed by law enforcement is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division.
Tulsa Police Corporal Carl Goforth says the security officer kicked four men out of the El Paraiso Bar near 31st and Mingo for causing a disturbance.
Goforth says, “And once outside, they tried to get them to leave the property and they refused to leave the property.
One of the Hispanic males pulled a knife.
The security guard ended up getting stabbed four times.”
Amazingly, doctors told Police the security guard probably won’t even need surgery, even though he was stabbed in the chest.
The four suspects are still at large.
Amos Israel, 40, of the 6100 block of South Ashland Avenue, was charged with felony burglary and felony resisting arrest, according to police. Israel is expected to appear in bond court later Monday in Central Bond Court, (Br.1).
Israel, 40, was arrested at Macy’s on State Street when security there detained him on suspicions that he hid inside the store after closing time and was apparently trying to leave with expensive merchandise. He was allegedly being “very aggressive” with officers, prompting them to Tase him.
Israel was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after police were called to Macy’s, 111 N. State St., when security there detained him on suspicions that he hid inside the store after closing time and was apparently trying to leave with expensive merchandise, police said.
Security officers had been alerted to be on the lookout for similar incidents because it had been attempted recently, police said.
Israel allegedly did not want to surrender to police and would not obey their commands. He was allegedly being “very aggressive” with officers, prompting them to Tase him, according to police.
The Tasers were removed by responding paramedics and Israel was hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he complained of back pain, police said.
Police said Israel has been arrested 64 times including Saturday’s arrest and he has been convicted of attempted burglary, criminal trespass, attempted armed robbery and forgery.
Belmont Area detectives are investigating.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
A private security officer has been shot and killed in the city early this morning.
Police investigators said that the officer had just got off duty and was going to his vehicle when two Hispanic males approached him and a confrontation then took place.
One of the men pulled a handgun and shot the security officer several times in the torso and then stolen his 40 caliber weapon and fled.
Police said that the shooting occurred at a Latino restaurant where there has been some gang activity reported during the past few weeks.
Police are unsure what caused this incident but think the men may have known the security officer.
Police say that the suspects then fled in a red vehicle.
The name of the security officer has not yet been released.
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office learned of the gun play almost immediately after it happened. Deputies rushed to the scene and discovered two young, Hispanic men bleeding amidst the slot machines and lights. Each had been hit with pistol fire at close range.
Law enforcement officers from around Amador converged on the Rancheria to quickly set up a perimeter. The entire gaming facility was then evacuated as the sheriff’s SWAT cleared the parking structure. The heavily-armed team members, along with deputies and detectives, began searching every vehicle on the grounds. They carefully combed the area where witnesses had observed the shooter and connected suspects fleeing.
Eventually, four suspects were netted between two parked cars. As the cuffs were being slapped on those individuals, a bystander reported seeing two suspicious males coming out of the brushy, wooded area near Dalton Road. A California Highway Patrol officer was in position to apprehend them while sheriff’s deputies raced to the scene.
Using surveillance video of the actual shooting, detectives confirmed that one of the two suspects coming out of the brush was the trigger man. That shooter, a Hispanic man in his late teens to early 20s, has yet to be identified by authorities.
Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner stated that all parties involved in the confrontation were from Stockton and had known associations with the violent street gangs the Nortenos, and the Surenos. The groups are deadly rivals in California’s gang culture. It’s still unclear which side fired during the clash. Since December, the Ione Police Department and the Jackson Police Department have both arrested alleged members the Nortenos for various felonies – all individuals who live in Amador County.
The two victims in today shooting were medi-flighted to trauma centers in the Central Valley. They are reportedly in stable condition. The alleged shooter is being held at Amador County Jail for attempted murder without bail.
Having worked all day at the crime scene, Wegner told the Ledger Dispatch that he appreciated assistance on the perimeter from the CHP, Jackson PD and Sutter Creek PD. He also praised the Rancheria’s security officers for their efforts. “Their security did a really good job of helping us,” the undersheriff said late Sunday afternoon. “They got surveillance images to us right away and provided important information to help our detectives make this arrest.”