VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Stephen Beck, who shot officer Randall Hancock last year, because he wanted the police to kill him, has pled guilty to the crime.
Agents said Beck told them he suffers from depression and has no hatred for police. Officer Randall Hancock is a ten year veteran of the department.
District Attorney Bradfield M. Shealy announced today that Stephen Beck, 22, pled guilty to one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony on March 27, 2017 before Judge Harry Jay Altman, II.
"This situation really shows how dangerous it is today to be a law enforcement officer," Shealy said. "In this instance Officer Hancock was responding to an early morning call about damage to a vehicle, and as he attempted to do his job, was ambushed. He may not be with us today if it had not been for his body armor. The one good thing found in this terrible incident was that once the it was contained the first thing Officer Hancock did was to insist that the other officers get his First Aid kit to assist his assailant. This truly shows that our law enforcement officers are here to serve and protect."
Stephen Beck's sentencing is set for May 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.