The two murdered officers were Andrew Beacom and Ernest Smith. Constable Beacom, 46, lived on the same street he was murdered and left a widow and three children. His wife Jean heard the shooting and was one of the first people on the scene, but her husband had already perished. Constable Beacom had served in the RUC for almost 24 years.
Reserve Constable Smith, 49, came from the village of Augher and was married with two children. He had been a police reservist for 19 years.
|Andrew Beacom and Ernest Smith of the Royal Ulster Constabulary|