Missing police officer found dead in Baytown

Posted at 1:20 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 14:20:26-04

BAYTOWN, Texas – A Baytown police officer who was reported missing last week has been found dead.

Houston’s KRPC reports, 46-year-old Officer John Stewart Beasley was found dead near his home in Baytown Tuesday morning.

Officer John Stewart Beasley
Officer John Stewart Beasley

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne says Beasley appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday.

Baytown police Lt. Steve Dorris, said a majority of the officer’s 23-year career was spent on the streets of the city.

“It’s the unfortunate drip, drip, drip of stress and trauma and chaos that we as law enforcement officers deal with on a daily basis that sometimes just takes its toll,” Dorris said.

Hawthorne said an autopsy has been ordered.