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BART officer shooting: Officer fatally shot by fellow officer during home search

A sad day came for a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as he was shot and killed by a fellow police officer during a search of an apartment. The LA Times reported that it was an "apparent accident" that happened during a probation search at a Dublin apartment complex.

The first officer in BART history to die on duty was shot by a fellow officer.
Contra Costa Times

The BART officer shooting was the first time that an officer from that department has died on duty in its history.

Chief Kenton Rainey offered a brief statement that simply said BART had suffered a "tragic loss" and the entire department was dealing with a "heavy heart."

"Our condolences go out to the immediate family and friends and the extended BART family," Rainey said. "We ask that everyone please give us a chance to catch our breath [and] grieve."

A probation search was being done at the big apartment complex by members of BART's detective unit when the officer's shooting occurred.

"During that search, it appears one officer accidentally fired his weapon, which struck the other officer and ultimately it was a fatal shot," said Nelson, the Sheriff's Department spokesman.

As of now, the department has not identified the officer that was fatally shot, but a Fallen Officers website has identified him as Tom Smith. It was said by officials that the slain officer had been with the department for more than 20 years.

The officer that fired the fatal shot in the BART officer's shooting had been with the force for over 10 years.

An investigation is ongoing at this time. It is unclear if the weapon was fired accidentally or if the shooting came from a "misidentified target."

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