The deputy, 43, is two-year member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office assigned to the Northern Precinct. He had been a corrections officer before becoming a deputy, Hopkins said Monday. In accordance with agency protocol he has been placed on administrative leave, according to the news release issued Sunday.
Deputies also interviewed witnesses and investigated at the scene well into the early morning hours Sunday.
In a follow-up news release issued just before 2:30 a.m. Hopkins wrote that deputies were originally en route to the 7-Eleven for the disorderly person call when they were rerouted to the BP and the break-in call.
"As the deputy arrived he observed the subject was inside the snowball stand and ordered the suspect to come out," Hopkins wrote. "During the encounter shots were fired at the suspect seriously wounding him."
Detectives noted that the area where the shooting occurred is a heavily traveled road and busy intersection, and they are asking that anyone in the area of Route 24 and Red Pump Road, who may have witnessed the incident or who has any information, to call Det. Andrew Lane at 410-836-5431.
'Aloof and confused'
Beckman lived about two miles from where he was shot. Eric Dupree of the Bel Air area was sitting with two friends in the McDonald's restaurant, across Red Pump Road from the gas station and the snowball stand, when he saw Beckman enter the restaurant around 10:40 p.m.
He spoke to a reporter several hours after the shooting, but before news of Beckman's death broke.
Dupree said Beckman, whom he had not seen for about a year, looked "really just aloof and confused" when he came into the McDonald's.
He said Beckman greeted him and ordered food, but did not eat it.
"He said, 'What's up Eric?' " Dupree recalled.
Dupree said Beckman left the McDonald's, and shortly after his departure, Dupree and his friends in the restaurant saw a quickly-growing number of police cars enter the lot of the BP station.
"I saw it escalate from the beginning," Dupree said of the law enforcement presence.
He said he did not hear any gunshots, though.
"He's a close friend of a close friend," Dupree said of Beckman. "That's why it's sort of shaken me up."
Left home on skateboard
Glenn Beckman, father of Seth Beckman, sat in his living room Sunday evening, with pictures of his late son. Beckman, his wife Linda and Seth's 26-year-old sister Brittany could also be seen in the photos.
The father said he last spoke to his son, who was a 2012 graduate of Fallston High School, around 2:30 p.m. Saturday before he left to visit friends.
"We were just talking small talk about TV shows," he recalled. "It was just causal talk."
Beckman said he later watched his son leave on a skateboard.
"I was just looking out the window, he was rising a skateboard down the street, heading to his friend's house," the elder Beckman said.
He said friends, family and fellow members of Mountain Christian Church in Joppa had been stopping by all day, bringing food and giving their support.
He said funeral arrangements have not been made yet, as the family is still waiting for the medical examiner's report.
He described the reported actions of his son leading up to the shooting Saturday night as out of character, though.
"Right now, I'll give the benefit of the doubt to the police officer until the evidence shows that we may have to look at another direction," he said.
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