facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

BART officer fatally shoots fellow officer in Dublin, Calif.

Jan. 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM   |   Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Bay Area Rapid Transit officer accidentally shot and killed his partner Tuesday while doing a probation check in Dublin, Calif., authorities said.

"It was either accidental or target misidentification," Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

The shooting, which occurred about 1:45 p.m. PST while several officers were conducting a probation search of a robbery suspect's apartment, was the first on-duty death in the history of the BART Police Department, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The shooting occurred after the suspect had been taken into custody.

Nelson said the dead officer had been on the force for 20 years and the officer who shot him has been with the department for a decade.

The newspaper said sources it described as familiar with the investigation said the dead officer was Sgt. Tom Smith, 42, a married father of one.

The sources said Smith's wife also is a BART officer and he has a brother who is an Alameda County sheriff's deputy.

Topics: Tom Smith
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended Stories
Most Popular
1
Who is the 'Woman in Black' roaming U.S. highways?
2
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours
3
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
4
One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year
5
Comic-Con cosplayer sexually assaulted, beaten and left in gutter
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback