Update: BART Officer Killed by Friendly Fire Identified

DUBLIN, Ca: A BART officer was accidentally shot and killed during a probation search at an apartment located at 6450 Dougherty Road Photo Credit: Autumn Johnson
DUBLIN, Ca: A BART officer was accidentally shot and killed during a probation search at an apartment located at 6450 Dougherty Road Photo Credit: Autumn Johnson

Update, 5:50 a.m., By Bay City News:  A BART police officer accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while conducting a probation search in Dublin Tuesday afternoon was a 20-year veteran of the department.

Sergeant Tom Smith, 42, died at Eden Medical Center shortly after he was shot, leaving behind his wife, who is K-9 officer with the BART Police Department, and his 6-year-old daughter, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website dedicated to fallen officers.

Smith is the first BART officer to die in the line of duty. BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey and General Manager Grace Crunican said in a statement, "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."

Smith's Facebook page contains a number of photos of him with his young daughter, including a 2011 photo of the two of them with his K-9 partner "Boris."  

"Last picture of Boris, my beautiful daughter and me. He was a great dog and even better partner," Smith wrote in the caption. Friends commented on the photo, offering condolences for the dog's passing.

In several photos, Smith is wearing New York Yankees or Oakland Athletics baseball caps, and his profile picture is of is daughter hugging Oakland A's mascot Stomper. A number of Smith's Facebook friends have changed their profile pictures to a blue line across a black background to symbolize the loss.

The Deputy Sheriff's Association of Alameda County posted the following on their Facebook page last night:

Always Remembered...Sergeant Tom Smith, Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California EOW: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Update, 4:22 p.m.: A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said that a BART officer was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow BART officer during a probation search at the Park Sierra apartment building located at 6450 Dougherty Road in Dublin Tuesday. 

The shooting happened at 1:03 p.m., according to BART police. The officer was taken to Eden Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to Sergeant JD Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. 

The suspect, who is not being identified, was wanted by BART police for several crimes committed on the BART train, including robbery, and was not home at the time of the incident, according to Nelson.

Dublin police are currently investigating and questioning all officers who were at the scene. According to Nelson, an officer from Dublin Police Services was stationed outside the apartment during the search, in addition to several BART officers who were inside conducting the search.

Original Article—

A BART police officer was shot and killed in Dublin shortly after 1 p.m.Tuesday by a fellow BART officer, according to BART police. 

The name of the officer has not been released yet.

The officer was conducting a probation search when the shooting occurred in the area of Dougherty Road and Dublin Boulevard. The officer was transported to a local hospital, but he did not survive.

BART issued the following statement shortly before 4 p.m.

"BART has been informed that one of our officers has died from wounds sustained during a shooting earlier today. 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 has taken over the investigation of the shooting.

Patch will provide more information as it becomes available. 

Bay City News contributed to this report.
Danielle January 31, 2014 at 03:08 PM
The cameras are NOT required by the state. They were something BART chose to purchase following the Oscar Grant incident (based on the recommendations in the Noble Report). BART chose to make it their policy that uniformed officers must wear the cameras, and turn them on under certain circumstances (e.g. whenever they make contact with someone regarding a possible crime). Non-uniformed personnel are not required to have or use them (for example, detectives, undercover units, etc.). The state has nothing to do with BART's owning and using cameras.
iduaro fevol January 31, 2014 at 03:17 PM
@Danielle - Knowing the 725sq.ft. apartment was empty, seems it may not have required quite as much man power? I'm just saying. 5 DETECTVES-I simply read the articles in the newspapers & heard what was stated in the news. Obviously I misunderstood, as I thought the 6 whom entered the apartment were all BART officers. Even more reason BART officers shouldn't/don't need to carry guns; they're escorted by city police is most cases. Thanks for your input.
Danielle January 31, 2014 at 03:35 PM
@Iduaro, Officers know that you NEVER assume a home you're searching is empty until you've cleared it and confirmed it's empty. That's how deadly ambushes happen. We don't know the circumstances of why 5 detectives were on scene -- perhaps some were newer and were being trained by the seasoned detectives/Sergeant. Field Training is an important part of police work, and you don't just leave your trainee behind because the public might think you have too many officers at a particular call. Additionally, from talking to officers I know in other departments, that many officers for a home search isn't really all that unusual. Some departments send a heck of a lot more than that. And BART police are not "escorted" by city police. They had one Dublin PD officer there as a courtesy. Something that pretty much EVERY agency does when they go to a call outside their jurisdiction (and if they don't have an officer present, they at least give the city's agency a heads up that they'll be there, to avoid any confusion or issues). Dublin PD sent someone out so neighbors wouldn't call the cops thinking the plain clothed detectives were robbers breaking into a home, and call the police, which could lead to deadly confusion if they didn't already know about what was really happening (and/or have one of their guys waiting outside to let them know everything is cool).
Camaro on Cinderblocks January 31, 2014 at 03:39 PM
"policy that uniformed officers must wear the cameras" I would like to see the actual verbiage of the "Policy". What are the actual guidelines and is there established penalties for not turning it on when it should be on. Are their supervisors supposed to be monitoring whether they have the camera's on randomly? Anyone who works at BART know? Maybe PATCH could actually do some actual investigative reporting....
Autumn Johnson March 07, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Local Fundraisers Scheduled for Family of Fallen BART… http://dublin.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/local-fundraiser-scheduled-for-family-of-fallen-bart-sergeant


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