BART Officer Shooting – Cop Killed By Partner

    January 22, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Sgt. Tom Smith was shot and killed Tuesday by a fellow officer as law enforcement searched a suspect’s Dublin, Calif. home for a laptop and other stolen items, police said Wednesday.

Smith and other officers were on a probation search of a suspect’s home. The occupant was already in custody, and Smith’s partner shot him while officers searched over the premises. The incident occurred at around 1pm.

Sgt. Smith was a 23-year veteran of the BART, which patrols the train system in Northern California.

It is believed that the officer who shot Sgt. Smith either mistook him for someone else or the weapon accidentally fired, Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

In a brief statement, a somber BART police chief said the officer was the first to die on duty in the department’s history. Taking no questions, Chief Kenton Rainey said he was confirming the “tragic loss” with “a heavy heart.”

“Our condolences go out to the immediate family and friends and the extended BART family,” Rainey said. “We ask that everyone please give us a chance to catch our breath [and] grieve.”

Although BART officials have not yet identified the officer who fired the shot, a website dedicated to fallen officers has added him to the website, as Tom Smith.

Sgt. Smith had been on the BART force for more than 20 years, Nelson said. The officer who fired his gun had been on the force for a decade.

Both officers were wearing bulletproof vests.

Officer Smith was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he died.

“BART has been informed that one of our officers has died from wounds sustained during a shooting earlier today,” Rainey and General Manager Grace Crunican said in a joint statement earlier in the evening. “The entire BART organization is deeply saddened by this tragic event,” they said, “and we ask the public to keep the officer’s family in its thoughts and prayers.”

Image via BART Website

  • Wow

    Cops hide so many illegal things. I don’t trust a lot of them. Look at this story. Nothing about this story makes sense. What is a BART officer doing on a probation search? How do they not know how he was shot — was it an accidental firing or a case of mistaken identity? If it was mistaken identity but the probationer was already in custody, why the mistaken identity? The guy was already in custody. With a mistaken identity, why are you shooting before you even know who the person is?

    This was a killing. Plain and simple. Look at all the cop abuse in the country. Why would you ever trust them?

    • Roni

      I agree, there is something very hinky about this. These are transit cops, it’s not their bailiwick. It’s up to the police in the suspect’s jurisdiction and his probation officer to conduct a probation search. After a suspect is in custody, i.e., in handcuffs, there is no reason for anyone to have their guns drawn. It’s broad daylight and the officer couldn’t recognize his own partner, or fellow officer? There is something way off about this situation.

      • @Roni

        Oh I agree. I am quite familiar with BART. I am also familiar with cop corruption. It is rampant in America. Many innocent people are in prison because of corrupt cops.

        You are right. BART is nothing but a transit system. That is it. It is like MARTA in Atlanta. There is no need for any transit cop to ever be on a probation search.

        Something is not right. This was a murder. The question is —- why? What did this cop know or what was he involved in?

    • Audieleon

      Truer words were never spoken,just shoot who ever!!!

  • Gee

    Bart Cops are bad people, plain and simple. look at oscar grant! what is it with these transit cops killin people by “accident” for real. how do to separate cops on the same weak transit force end up killing two innocent people in the span of a few years?! and after bart went on strike this year… I’m hella fed up with BART

  • Anonymous

    The BART police have a history of being fucking retarded. Especially after the unjust killing of Oscar Grant back in 2009. Those cops needs a new trainer or something.

  • Audieleon

    Hell now they’re killing each other!!!