BART Cop Shot to Death by Police Officer (Update)

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Update: Authorities have identified the BART cop who was shot to death as 42-year-old Sgt. Tom Smith. He leaves behind his wife and 6-year-old child.

BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey issued the following statement via ABC News:


Today's tragedy was the first death of an officer in the line of duty in the history of the BART Police Department. While performing a probation search, one BART police officer accidentally shot another officer who later died from the injury. The officers were following up on a crime committed on BART property. The Dublin Police Department (which contracts with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department) has taken over the investigation and no further details are available at this time.

Original Story 4:30 p.m.: A BART cop died this afternoon after another police officer accidentally shot him while the two did a probation search at an apartment in Dublin.

Alicia Trost, spokeswoman with BART, tells us the shooting happened at about 1 p.m. at Dougherty Road and Park Sierra in Dublin. One of the officers reportedly discharged his weapon, killing the BART officer, law enforcement authorities told the press.

The victim later died at a hospital, according to a statement from BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey and BART General Manager Grace Crunican.

"BART has been informed that one of our officers has died from wounds sustained during a shooting earlier today," according to the statement released to the media. "The entire BART organization is deeply saddened by this tragic event and we ask the public to keep the officer's family in its thoughts and prayers."

The Dublin Police Department is leading the investigation. The cop's identity is not being released at this time. More details to come.






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VuDu Skrood
VuDu Skrood

Can't fathom why Bart security officer is involved in police activity.

Mel Greene
Mel Greene

WHF! There had better be jail time in this!

Jake Orr
Jake Orr

Do they do probation stuff regularly? Seems like that goes beyond their mandate to me...

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

Another day, still zero compelling reasons for Bart cops to have guns.

Oliver Jb
Oliver Jb

you'd think the idiot knows how to handle a gun. Sorry for the family if there is any, but that's just plain out stupid

Daniel Long
Daniel Long

BART cops really should have a gun ... just sayin'

Wesley Henderson
Wesley Henderson

I'm curious as to why a Bart cop had anything to do with a probation search in an apartment.

Hurin Thorgard
Hurin Thorgard

Funny how its all of a sudden a sad thing when they shoot another cop, but when they kill innocent people... No biggie... I've read this, now I'm moving on, because it doesn't upset me at all.

Robert Wong
Robert Wong

While I don't celebrate anyone's death, the fact that the police view the average citizen they encounter as the enemy, not people to be protected, and don't refrain from using deadly force at the drop of a hat results in my having little sympathy for the dead cop. Sorry, that's just my perspective.

Taylor Vinson
Taylor Vinson

It's a shame more of them didn't do this to each other.

Rock Belt
Rock Belt

Need to ride Bart soon…hope they aren't all in Dublin/Castro Valley.

Miss Jamie C.
Miss Jamie C.

always tragedy and drama with these individuals that seek to be BARF police... tsk tsk tsk

Evan Long
Evan Long

Hopefully his wife and kids follow suit

Loren Davidson
Loren Davidson

Meanwhile, at least one of the helicopters that used to be hovering in Dublin is now hovering within a mile from my place in Castro Valley...so something else is going down; I have no clue what.

Tracy Spears
Tracy Spears

So, wait. Was the BART offer shot by a police man or another BART officer?

Jay See
Jay See

Lame .... Who train these bozos ?

Sean Casey
Sean Casey

They seriously need more weapons training :(.

Yvonne Angelo
Yvonne Angelo

Killed by a fellow BART officer, not city police.

Loren Davidson
Loren Davidson

I saw an answer to the "why are BART cops doing this" question earlier that sounds reasonable - if they're investigating a crime that was committed on BART, they can go outside their jurisdiction to do it, and usually they notify the geographical jurisdiction they're going into. I work a mile or two from there and was out for a walk around 3; there were three helicopters hovering over that part of Dublin.

Jerry Smith
Jerry Smith

I am saddened by the untimely death of any man, but I have the same question as Doogie.Why would the Bart police be searching a house?

pchas
pchas

Sounds like these clowns could use some more time on the firing range.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

Maybe! Maybe aliens! Maybe the Russians!

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

This is why the whole country thinks the Bay Area is ridiculous. Because it is.

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