(Updated: 3:08 p.m.)—More details are
emerging as officials continue to investigate the police-involved shooting in
Bel Air Saturday night that killed a 19-year-old.
Seth Jacob Beckman, of Bel Air, was fatally shot by a Harford County Sheriff's deputy Saturday after he was allegedly acting disorderly and attempting to rob Sharon's Shaved Ice snowball stand.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Beckman's father believes his son was on drugs the night of she shooting. Glenn Beckman told The Sun that Seth Beckman had battled depression.
Just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, police received a report of possible destruction of property at the Bynum 7-Eleven at 5 Bynum Rd., and were also advised that as Beckman left the store he was alleged to have assaulted a customer.
According to Edwards Hopkins, a spokesman for the Sherriff’s Office, a man Beckman knew said hello to him at the 7-Eleven, and Beckman reportedly punched him once in the face.
“The suspect was alleged to have punched him and kept on going completely out of the blue for no known apparent reason,” Hopkins said.
The man who was punched, reportedly “brushed off” the
incident, and wasn’t found and interviewed by police until the day after the
shooting, Hopkins said.
Police later located Beckman at Sharon's Shaved Ice, and said he was acting "disorderly" and "tearing up" the stand.
Hopkins said when Beckman emerged from the snowball stand, he charged at the deputy.
“The suspect came charging out of the snowball stand at the deputy,” Hopkins said. "It is not clear if there was, or how much physical contact occurred between the deputy and the suspect.”
The deputy who shot Beckman was identified by the Harford County Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon as Deputy David Feeney, 43. He is a two-year member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a release, Deputy Feeney began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in January 2011 as a corrections officer. He transferred to law enforcement in June of 2012 and is currently assigned as a patrol deputy out of the Northern Precinct. Per agency protocol Deputy Feeney is on administrative leave.
Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, and still have additional witnesses to interview and store security camera footage
obtained from local area businesses to review.
Detectives are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information to call Detective Joseph Peters at 410-836-5014.