Police: Shotgun of man killed by officer not loaded
Thu, 23 May 2013 12:21:32 GMT —
New details about the fatal shooting of a man by a Toledo police officer surfaced during a press conference Thursday morning.
According to a report released by the Toledo Police Department, two officers patrolling Page Street around midnight spotted a man standing over a woman lying in the street.
The suspect, 43-year-old Thomas Bean, pointed a 12-gage shotgun at the victim, 27-year-old Valerie Williams. Officers Tom Reinhart and Jason Picking then exited their patrol car and told Bean to drop his gun.
Bean refused and turned toward the officers with the shotgun in hand. Reinhart then fired seven rounds from his department-issued handgun. Several rounds struck Bean and at least one round hit the shotgun.
After the shooting, Bean retreated into a home located at 1029 Page Street, where he died.
Authorities at the press conference said the shotgun was not loaded, but that bullets were found inside the home. A party was going on inside at the time of the incident, but police do not know if alcohol was a factor in the assault.
According to the report, Bean and Williams were arguing inside the home before the incident. Officials at the press conference said the woman thanked the officers for saving her life.
Both officers involved in the incident joined the department in October of 2011 and are assigned to the Gang Unit. They will be on administrative leave during the investigation.
Police said Bean has been arrested a few dozen times in the past, and court records show he's been charged with more than 180 criminal and civil offenses.