Police Officer Tom Smith
Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: January 21, 2014
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Kenton Rainey
Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department
800 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 464-7000
Police Officer Tom Smith was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while conducting a probation check and warrant service at an apartment on Dougherty Road, in Dublin, at approximately 1:00 pm. The subject they were searching for was wanted for several robberies on BART property.
The officers conducting the check had made a force entry into the apartment when a round was discharged, striking Officer Smith. He was transported to Eden Medical Center where he succumbed to the wound.
Officer Smith had served with the BART Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, who also serves with the department, and his 6-year-old daughter.
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.