Jan. 17, 2009
-- On March 7, 2003, the Ukiah Police Department was called to the Wal-Mart Department store to investigate a female shoplifter who had been placed into custody by the Wal-Mart store security team. The two uniformed police officers that responded to the scene were Sergeant Young and a 17 year old unarmed cadet. They were called to take the women into police custody and charge her with shoplifting. Sergeant Young brought the female shoplifter outside to the rear of his patrol car where he placed handcuffs on the suspect. While at the back of the patrol car an unidentified adult male approached Sergeant Young and began to confront him. The man – later identified as 35 year old Neal Beckham was associated with the female shoplifter and had an extensive criminal record. Beckham was armed with a loaded .38 caliber handgun, a knife and several pipe bombs that were located in his vehicle. Beckham informed Young that he was in possession of a knife and began to reach for the knife out of his pocket when Sergeant Young placed a control hold on Beckham’s left hand as he held the knife due to the obvious safety issue. While being restricted from grabbing the knife Beckham was able to retrieve a .38 caliber handgun to fire five shots into Sergeant Young severely injuring him, Sergeant Young was shot in the face, upper right arm, left front side and in the back. Although Young was wounded he continued to restrain Beckham. Beckham began to run to the patrol car to obtain a shotgun located within the vehicle. Sergeant Young retrieved his hand gun and return fire on the suspect to bring him to the ground.
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