Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # 772
Incident Date: 2/9/1999
Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm
Suspect: Sentenced to life
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.