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BART officer shooting: First killed in line of duty at transit agency

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BART officer shooting of Sgt. Tom Smith Jr. was the first in the transit agency's 42-year history. The officer was killed in the line of duty during a routine search of a suspect's apartment. According to the San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 22, they were looking for stolen items.

The suspect was already in custody as several BART and other agency officers went to search his apartment, looking for a laptop, a laptop bag and other personal items been stolen during several robberies on BART property.

BART officer shooting occurred after the Smith went into the apartment. More detail has yet to be released by the agency. His death was announced at a press conference on Wednesday. He was in the unit with three other officers at the time of the shooting.

John Henry Lee is the suspect in custody whose apartment the officers were searching. In January he allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint at the Fruitvale BART station. His getaway car was recently stolen from the Hayward BART station. Officers spotted Lee the next day and gave chase. He crashed the stolen car and was arrested and taken to hospital.

The name of the officer who fired the fatal shot in the BART officer shooting will not be announced until sometime next week.

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