Police Officer William Chandler Bean, Jr.

Police Officer William Chandler Bean, Jr.

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 9, 1999

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William Chandler Bean, Jr.

Police Officer Bill Bean was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to stop a man wanted on an outstanding warrant.

The suspect vehicle pulled over and started to drive again, leading the officers on a low-speed pursuit. The vehicle stopped after becoming disabled in the area of Knightlinger Street and South Avenue. As Officer Bean exited the patrol car the man opened fire, striking him 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.

The man was convicted of Officer Bean's murder and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without parole on December 18th, 2003.

Officer Bean had served with the Sacramento Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and 11 nieces and nephews.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 772

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to life

vehicle pursuit, warrant service

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First let me say that I am an African American man that lived in the oak park area since i was a child, now am 39 years old. Officer bill bean, man words can’t describe the things that you did for me and my family, this man brought us groceries when we were hungry, this man had water fights with me and my cousins, this man would take us home at three in the morning due to us being under age, and tell me and my cousins it’s not safe out hear. Officer Bill bean I really miss you my guy. Some would say that me as being an African American man that we don’t trust cops or like cops, and that’s they are all bad. I am hear to let you no officer bill bean was the realist and most trustworthy cop I’ve ever knew. For those cowards that took this man away from us, god will see fit for the beautiful soul you took away from our community. He was one of us, one of the good guy’s

Rest in paradise officer bill bean.


August 26, 2021

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