More Charges Against Standoff Shooter

By  | March 15, 2012 | Filed under: News

Monday's Scene at 1311 Richton

TUSCUMBIA – Attempted murder charges have now been filed against William Lee Beane, who was arrested Monday after firing several gunshots at his home during a domestic argument. Bean, 51, of 1311 Richton Street, Tuscumbia, is being held at Colbert County Jail on $75,000 bond. The upgraded charges were filed Wednesday afternoon with the District Attorney’s office.

William Lee Beane - Tuscumbia Police Booking Photo

As the investigation developed, Tuscumbia police told The Quad-Cities Daily that Beane, who has been out of work for several months, not only fired his .40 caliber Glock into the ground and randomly into the air, but also allegedly fired two rounds in the direction of responding police officers. The officers were in place across the roadway from Beane’s house when the rounds came whizzing by. Beane refused to comply with orders to surrender, and according to Chief Tony Logan, made numerous threats against the law enforcement personnel on the scene.

The shooting and subsequent standoff happened after Beane and his wife Janet started arguing Monday morning. She said, “He had been drinking all morning. He was out of work; depressed, and his back pain (from a work injury) was out of control. I told him that I was leaving for a while to just get some peace when he picked up my son’s gun and started pointing it. As I started to back my car out of the driveway he started shooting into the ground.” She said that Beane had not done anything to hurt her, but that she decided to get away for a while to defuse the situation, if possible.

At about 12:30pm, after police had been in position around the house for about 2 hours, Beane came out into the front yard. It is not clear whether or not he was armed at the time. Police said that he refused to obey surrender orders by the Tactical Squad and was felled by a Taser round.

If convicted of attempted murder, Beane could be sentenced to 10 years to life for the Class A felony.

Here is a LINK to Monday’s story.

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