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Funeral plans set for fallen BART police officer

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Sad news coming in on this Thursday morning into San Francisco is about the body of BART Sgt. Tom Smith.

Sgt. Smith's body was delivered to a funeral home in the town of Hayward, today. A line of police officers saluted in respect, at the same time offering their sympathies to his distraught, grieving wife, who also works on the force.

ABC 7 News reports that Sgt. Smith was a 23-year veteran of the BART police force and he was a loving husband and father. There was a moment of silence in his honor when the company met today.

The police chief of BART has met with the victim's family and the family of the officer who fatally shot him, even though both police officers were wearing vests.

"Very tragic accident," said San Francisco resident, Ron DiAnno.

The police chief was emotional today, says ABC 7 News:

"After a moment of silence at the meeting, BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey spoke at length about the fallen sergeant. The chief became choked up, telling about how the community has shown so much caring.

"We got a lot of outpouring support from the public and law enforcement around the country," he said.

The officer who accidentally shot Sgt. Smith was fellow officer, Michael Maes.

Video cameras were in operation at the time of the incident but as of this writing, it was not known what was on those video cameras.

Chief Rainey has said the department will not hide from the truth and it will be revealed.

The public is invited both to the viewing and the funeral. Says ABC 7 News:

"Also Thursday morning, the chief announced the funeral plans for Sgt. Smith. A viewing will be held Tuesday at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley. Both events are open to the public."

Source: ABC 7 Local

See also: Breaking: BART officer fatally shot

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