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Police Officer William Chandler Bean, Jr. | Sacramento Police Department, California Sacramento Police Department, California

Police Officer

William Chandler Bean, Jr.

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 9, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 772

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer William Bean was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to stop a man who they had a warrant for. The suspect vehicle pulled over and started to drive again, leading the officers on a low-speed pursuit. The vehicle then pulled over again and Officer Bean exited the cruiser on the passenger side. The suspect also exited his vehicle and opened fire, striking Officer Bean several times. One round entered through the armhole in his vest. Officer Bean's partner returned fire but did not strike the suspect, who was captured several hours later after a manhunt.

On December 18, 2003, the suspect was sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Officer Bean had served with the agency for 8 years. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and 11 nieces and nephews.

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It's been 16 years and yet we still talk about you fondly. I was just speaking with Sammy D. the other day and we talked about your fire and your fun, especially when it surrounded football and the Pig Bowl. I had no hash marks on my sleeve when we met, and now I have 4. Life has never been fair, but you live on in all the people that you touched.

Sacramento Police Department
February 9, 2015


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