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Friendly Fire Kills California Detective

January 22, 2014  | 

Photo: BART
Photo: BART

The police chief of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in Northern California told reporters Wednesday that the department officer who accidentally shot and killed a colleague while serving a search warrant is "extremely upset," reports the L.A. Times.

BART police Chief Kenton Rainey declined to identify the officer whose weapon discharged Tuesday during a probation search at an apartment complex in the eastern Alameda County bedroom community of Dublin, killing 42-year-old Detective Sgt. Tom Smith.

Rainey confirmed Tuesday that Smith was the first in the department's history to die in the line of duty.

Smith lived with his wife -- also a BART officer -- in San Ramon with their 6-year-old daughter.

Tags: Officer Down, Duty Deaths, Friendly Fire, BART Police, Parolees, California


Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 1/23/2014 1:21 AM

My prayers to both Officers.

Jesus Art Arellano @ 1/23/2014 9:35 AM

My condolences and prayers to Sergeant Smith's family and to the officer who accidentally discharged his weapon. My suggestion to the families and the department is personal counseling, constant personal contact.
Please do not allow Mrs. Smith to fend for her self financially, simply by cutting a check and allowing her to make financial arrangements, make financial adviser readily available to her and access to the adviser as smoothly as possible. I've seen too many departments allow this to fall through the cracks.
God Bless.

TX Lawman @ 1/24/2014 6:26 AM

My prayers go out to both families. To the wife and daughter who lost their husband and father and to the officer who has to live with this the rest of his life. May you all find peace through the Lord's word. Be safe Blue!

S.S. @ 1/24/2014 8:10 AM

My prayers and condolences go out to both families of the officers involved as well as the department. I can't imagine going through that. Hopefully the officer gets the help that's needed.

tim tweed @ 1/24/2014 12:39 PM

I pray for all involved. We all have known as officers we take risks just placing our nameplates on our uniforms and connecting ourselves personally with what we do. Accidents occur. Living with the aftermath can be overwhelming, but with faith we can find hope and comfort. I pray for all the survivors involved today to know peace and cast their burdens and keep surviving. To the officer that must return without a partner, I pray for you deeply. You cannot unlive a horrible accident, and you cannot blame youself. Sorrow may endure for the night, but joy (and peace) will come in the morning. To the family of the departed, cherish the time you had and remember the gifts that were given to you by his presence in your life.

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