Sheldon Beckham: Charged in Car Chase That Killed Police Officer David Haynes


Sheldon Beckham
  • Sheldon Beckham
Sheldon Beckham, 23, was charged yesterday with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, stealing under $500 and resisting arrest.

Beckham allegedly broke into a home in the 5400 block of Bancroft just before 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. St. Louis police officer David Haynes was responding to a call about the burglary when he spotted Beckham's vehicle and gave chase.

While pursuing the suspect, Haynes police cruiser was struck by another vehicle -- setting off a four vehicle accident that claimed Haynes' life. Beckham was taken into custody about 12 hours later.

A St. Louis City Circuit Court Judge ordered Beckham, of the 3200 block of Arsenal, held with no bond.

David Haynes
  • David Haynes
Officer Haynes joined the department in June of 2008 as a Civilian Recruit in Training and graduated from the St. Louis Police Academy on January 8, 2009.

Prior to joining the department he was a United States Marine. He spent his entire commissioned career assigned to the Second District as a patrolman. He leaves behind his wife, mother, brother and extended family and friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending.