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BART officer shot and killed in agency's first on-duty fatality

BART Officer Shot And Killed By Another Officer

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) -- A Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer Tuesday in the first on-duty fatality in the department's 40-year history, authorities said.

The officers were conducting a search at a home in the East Bay city of Dublin when the shooting occurred just after 1 p.m. BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said the officers were following up on a crime that was committed on BART property.

The officer who was shot was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.

"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," Rainey and BART General Manager Grace Crunican said in a joint statement.

They added the officers' identity and other details are being withheld at this time.

Rainey noted the killing was the first death of an officer in the line of duty in the BART Police Department's history. Both Rainey and Crunican have visited with the deceased officer's family to provide condolences and offer support.

The Dublin Police Department, which contracts with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, has taken over the investigation.

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Applez64 January 22 2014 at 2:02 PM

Seems that BART and it's employees are having a contract dispute. They were out on strike from Friday to Monday. Wonder if that had anything to do with it? Were they maybe not totally focused on what they were doing? Just wondering. Very sad for both the family of the deceased officer and the officer who shot him. He'll have that to live with forever.

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muffin January 22 2014 at 12:59 PM

Prayers to the families involved. For those who are making rude, crudes posts, this could have been you or your family. To run down the police like some have done with their posts, think about the next time you need help in an emergency. The small amount of info that has been released does not give the full story. Yes, you are entitled to your opinion. However, making comments like some have done only hurts the one(s) posting. Please other posters, do not sink to that level. A life is lost and another will never be the same. Do not make it worse or make yourself look bad with your ranting.

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heimel18com@aol January 22 2014 at 2:50 PM

We heard lots of these situations in Iraq and Afganistan. They simply called it "friendly fire accidents". Let's us just wait up and see what would be the result of the inestigation fellas!

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neutralslamm heimel18com@aol January 22 2014 at 4:31 PM

No comparison to the heat of battle and a perp bust, poleassse.

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neutralslamm heimel18com@aol January 22 2014 at 4:33 PM

Oh, and if you can name just one...............lets hear about the lots....the battles and DAILY firefights in Afghanistan pooolleese, get a brain......and it's not "Afganistan", learn how to spell, you must be one of theirs.

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kimcrdr January 22 2014 at 1:06 PM

sending prayers out for his family and friends, and to the cop who shot him, I'm sure this will consume him the rest of his life, very sad!!

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Mongoose7x January 22 2014 at 1:12 PM

Sounds a lot like that show "The Shield".

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Thelma Owens January 22 2014 at 1:13 PM

This is human error. Pray for the families.

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fritz4bass January 22 2014 at 7:40 AM

Not enough information to contemplate an objective opinion until more is disclosed.

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shaunreen January 22 2014 at 9:01 AM

What is really sad here is all the comments regarding the conduct of the officers. The story at the least is the death of a BART officer by another BART officer and that is the story. Most of the comments made here are already pointing fingers. Please wait till you here the whole story and reserve judgement. To those who already believe that there will be a cover-up, there is no answer that will satisfy you. Now is not the time to react without information. Let that dog sleep to allow us enough time for this officers family to bury their dead. Now is the time for prayer or silent thoughts for his (her) bereaved family as well as the other officer and his (her) family. RIP.

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meko02 January 22 2014 at 6:24 AM

That's the trouble they are Transit Police, Why didn't they turn this over to the Police Department of the City, More and more you have Transit and TSA Police wanting to Act as Police were they do NOT belong, The TSA is getting really out of hand with what they think they can do, and some of they only have their G.E.D. and a very Small Amount of Training for the Job that they do, remember the TSA people were pulled in quickly when they needed Guards to fill our Air Ports. I do feel sorry for the Fallon Officer I Never want to see or hear of any one who Die's on the Job, My Prayers go out to His Loved Ones.

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Kurtcobainskyblueyes meko02 January 22 2014 at 7:02 AM

how r transit police officers not police and do not belong?what r u ranting about? u make no sense.

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kwikrdrvr January 22 2014 at 1:31 PM

There is no "ACCIDENTAL" shooting. There is a deliberate shooting or a NEGLIGENT shooting, there are no accidental shootinngs. It's about time the media learned the difference when they report the use of a firearm.

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