, 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.
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.
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.