Abingdon Man Discovered Dead in Home
(Abingdon, MD – January 27, 2010) Late afternoon on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to serve a warrant on Ralph Wayne Beakley, 53, of the 3200 block of Philadelphia Road in Abingdon, MD. Upon deputies' approach to the residence, they heard several loud pops, sounding like gunfire, possibly coming from inside the home. Unable to make visual confirmation and lacking any response from within the dwelling, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies were required to obtain a search warrant to enter the residence. While patrol deputies maintained the perimeter, special operations units to include the Special Response Team (SRT), Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), K-9 and the Traffic Unit along with the Harford County Office of Mental Health responded to the situation. Local traffic on Philadelphia Road was detoured from just north of SR24 to just south of SR543 throughout the time of the event.
At approximately 10:30pm, Harford County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team deputies made forced entry into the residence. Following their access into the home, they conducted a room-by-room search and located Mr. Beakley in the upper level of the dwelling. He was discovered, already deceased with self inflicted gunshots.