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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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groff1216 January 22 2014 at 7:02 AM

can't comment unless all the facts leading up to the sad reality are know. Were they in plain clothes, any of the officers new, did they come to work fully prepared [mentally physically, emotionally].God can't even change what has happens,but please connect to God and there will be your peace. Been there. Sonny Harrison

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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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DueGee Kurtcobainskyblueyes January 22 2014 at 7:59 AM

If you have to ask that question you reveal the level of your intelligence.

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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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obannerc January 22 2014 at 12:00 PM

Praying for the families of both officers.

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jb070272 January 22 2014 at 5:26 AM

"But in the wake of Mr. Hill’s death, the BART police department is once again facing disapproval, similar to what it endured after Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant III in the back at the Fruitvale station in Oakland in 2009. That case touched off riots and looting last year after Mr. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Mr. Mehserle was released from jail last month after serving 11 months of a two-year sentence."

“There’s been a two-year struggle to reform BART,” said Anne Weills, an Oakland lawyer who represents victims of police brutality. “They’ve made no effort to open themselves up to the public, to hire and screen people or to train people to adequately deal with these situations.”

BART officers have shot and killed six people since the agency was founded in 1972; three of the shootings occurred during the past three years. The police force for Atlanta’s transit system, which employs 321 officers, has had two in the last three years; the New York Police Department’s transit bureau, with 2,400 officers, has not had a fatal officer-involved shooting in at least 10 years.

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hfrew1949 January 22 2014 at 9:36 AM

WHY DO YOU POINT A FINGER WHEN YOU WERE NOT THERE? SUCH A SAD DAY FOR BOTH THE FAMILY,S , OUR,OR ATLEAST MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

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ppuggy01 January 22 2014 at 9:33 AM

so 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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cardiacbuzz January 22 2014 at 4:39 AM

I'm not from--nor have I ever lived in--the bay area but I know what the Bart is; rode it once in the late 70s during a visit. A number of questions need answers regarding details missing from this story.

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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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