Toledo man shot & killed by police had dozens of prior arrests

Thomas Bean

A Toledo man was killed by police gunfire on Thursday morning, but authorities say a woman is alive because of the actions taken by two Toledo officers.

Around 1 a.m., Toledo Police say two gang unit officers were on patrol along Page Street when they happened upon on a crime in progress.

"They observed a suspect with what appeared to be a shot gun...holding it over a woman," Toledo Police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.

The man behind the gun was 43-year-old Thomas Bean and at the end barrel was 27-year-old Valerie Williams.

"She had been an acquaintance of Mr. Bean's and she had been at his house around 3 or 4 times in the past," Toledo Police Deputy Chief Don Kenney said

However, during a small party at Bean's home, an argument between the two escalated.

"He got an angry at one point, went upstairs and returned with a gun," Kenney said of Bean.

Williams escaped to the front yard but tripped and fell and thatâ??s when Bean caught up with Williams and allegedly took aim.

"[The officers] told [Bean] to drop [the gun] and he didn't and he turned toward the officers," Heffernan said.

Officer Tom Reinhart shot at Bean 7 times, fatally wounding him in the process.

â??Mr. Bean was able to make it into the living room where he fell to the ground and was pronounced deceased,â?? Kenney said.

Officials would later learn that Beanâ??s shot gun wasn't loaded but did find several live rounds inside his home.

Authorities also learned that Bean had â??dozensâ?? of previous interactions with local law enforcement.

While a full investigation into the incident is ongoing, in the meantime, Officer Reinhart and Officer Jason Picking will spend at least 3 days on administrative leave.