Two Metro police officers are on administrative assignment after fatally shooting a suspected rapist Saturday morning.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, Officer Tim Weaver arrived at 3737 Elkins Ave. to arrest Randall Beard on outstanding warrants charging him with the rape and aggravated statutory rape of a 14-year-old female relative, and domestic assault against another family member.
Weaver’s knock on the front door was answered by Beard’s wife’s cousin, who was at the home with Beard’s wife. Told Beard wasn’t home, Weaver received permission to search for him.
When Beard and Officer Eric Bacon entered an upstairs bedroom, they saw an obvious lump in a mattress indicative of a person hiding between the mattress and box springs, according to a Metro Police statement. After giving repeated commands for Beard to surrender and not resist, Weaver lifted the mattress. Beard, who was clutching a "large butcher-type knife," rose up to the officers, according to reports. Bacon fired and Beard died at the scene.
The rape and aggravated statutory rape warrants were issued Thursday after a 14-year-old female relative told Sex Crimes detectives that Beard had sexual intercourse with her on two occasions, once in June, the other in July. The victim said Beard told her that if she reported anything, her father or the police would have to kill him.
Beard’s wife’s cousin told officers today that Beard held a knife to her neck last night and threatened to kill her if she gave up any information to law enforcement.
Beard has been arrested 35 times between 1995 and July of this year. He was convicted of robbery in May 2005 and sentenced to six years. He was also convicted of robbery in 1996 and 1998, for felony escape in 1997, and for aggravated assault in 1998.
Bacon, 29, is a five-year police department veteran, and Weaver, 41, has been on the force for 17 years. Both are on routine administrative assignment while the shooting is investigated.