Officer Randall Hancock is a ten year veteran of the department. As Childress briefed the media, he made it clear that the shooting had been an emotional experience for the entire department.
Friends and neighbors of the shooter said they were stunned Beck would be accused of such violence.
Beck had moved to Valdosta years prior to the incident from metro Atlanta to check into a live-in treatment center for people with chemical dependencies. Several people who knew Beck said he had turned his life around.
At the time of the shooting, Beck lived at the Three Oaks Apartments where the gunfire erupted Friday.
Residents recalled seeing Beck smoke on his balcony, or occasionally engaging in casual talks with him.
Before Beck moved into his current apartment, he had been roommates with other Valdosta residents. One said he last saw Beck at a meeting about three months prior to the shooting and he seemed happier and healthier than ever.
One Valdosta business owner said he hired Beck for several months while he was in treatment.
It was not immediately known if Beck had an attorney. There was no answer Friday evening at the door of an address listed for Beck's parents in Kennesaw, north of Atlanta.