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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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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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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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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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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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Chynaport January 22 2014 at 12:40 PM

I am so sorry for his family it is sad and senseless.

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MERLIN January 22 2014 at 12:25 PM

imagine having to live with a mistake like this

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Marie Speranza January 22 2014 at 8:17 AM

sad and Tragic...RIP...

imho...things like this don't happen intentionally...Peace and condolences to all.


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howlter January 22 2014 at 8:26 AM

Does the left hand really know what the right hand is doing .

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slackwarerobert howlter January 22 2014 at 11:27 AM

Mine does. it is readying the next mag to keep the firefight going till they are all shot.

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obannerc January 22 2014 at 12:00 PM

Praying for the families of both officers.

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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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