Police name Virginia Beach street in memory of fallen officer 117 years after death

Posted at 10:07 AM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-23 09:09:29-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – Police are planning to dedicate a street in memory of a Virginia Beach officer on Friday over 100 years after he died.

The street will be named “MJ Beasley Trail,” dedicated to Officer M.J. Beasley.

MJ Beasley

Beasley died in 1898 while attempting to arrest a man who was wanted for stealing a gun.

Beasley found the suspect on North Landing Road.  When he told the suspect he was under arrest, the man pulled out a pistol and shot Beasley in the neck and head, killing him.

The Special Constable, a title awarded by a local justice of the peace, was awarded the police department’s Blue Star posthumously. Beasley was also memorialized with a monument on 35th Street in Virginia Beach.

“This continues our tradition of honoring fallen law enforcement officers,” said Steve Bishard of Bishard Homes. “We are proud to partner with the Virginia Beach Police Foundation to keep the memories of these heroes alive.”

The ceremony will be at Holland Crossing at 2368 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach at 10 a.m.

Elected officials and Beasley’s great granddaughter will be in attendance.