BART Police Officer Fatally Shot By Fellow Officer

DUBLIN (KRON) — A BART police officer was fatally shot by a fellow officer Tuesday afternoon during a probation search in the East Bay, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

KRON has confirmed that the officer, Tom Smith, 42, a 20-year veteran of the BART police department, was killed in the incident.

“BART has been informed that one of our officers has died from wounds sustained during a shooting earlier today,” BART officials said.

“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.”



The shooting was reported at around 1:03 p.m. during a probation search at a residence in the Park Sierra Apartments at Iron Horse Trail at 6450 Dougherty Rd. in Dublin.

Officials say they were following up their investigation at the home of a suspect linked to multiple robberies committed on BART property. The suspect was in custody at the time of the incident.

The officers involved in the search wore bulletproof vests and began the search by knocking twice on the door, Nelson said. The knocks went unanswered, but the door was unlocked, so several officers stepped inside with guns drawn, he said.

It remains unclear when or how the officer’s gun was discharged , but Nelson said an officer fired one shot.

Smith was transported to Eden Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The identity of the officers are not being released at this time.

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Officials said that today’s fatal shooting is the first time a BART officer was killed in the line of duty.

Smith is survived by his wife, who is also a BART police officer, and their 6-year-old daughter.

Dublin Police Department has taken over the investigation, officials said.

Stay with KRON 4 news for more on this developing story.

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