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Slain officer’s headstone vandalized in Colfax

William Bean Jr.
William Bean Jr. Courtesy of Bean family

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has launched a criminal investigation after the headstone of slain Sacramento police officer William Bean Jr. at Colfax Cemetery was vandalized.

Deputies responded to the cemetery about 7:40 p.m. Thursday and said vandals had forcibly removed two badges from Bean’s headstone, Placer County sheriff’s badge No. 30 and Sacramento police badge No. 772, according to Placer sheriff’s officials. A Colfax High School graduate, Bean served with the the Placer County Sheriff’s Office before taking a job with the Sacramento Police Department.

Bean was fatally shot Feb. 9, 1999, after he and his partner pulled over a car in the Del Paso Heights area of Sacramento. Dundell Wright was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no parole on Dec. 18, 2003.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens who have information that would help the investigation to contact Detective Scott Alford at 530-889-7844. Callers wishing to remain anonymous and be considered for a reward are asked to contact Placer County Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191 or