Inspector Jonathan "Snoopy" Beegle was a British government official aboard the Toronto. He was selected to accompany Tom Driscoll during his land on the Nugget. He was killed when the COM console exploded, during the over-c jump. His demise caused Rainer Hofstedt, his student, to get in his place for the flight.
Inspector Beegle discovered the true nature of the Nugget and decided to inform the government about it. Worrying about his life, he took his gun and headed to the COM room. There, he initiated the communication, but was interrupted by Ned, the AI, who caused an explosion that killed the inspector and disabled the COM unit to render it unusable for the rest of the operation.