BART Police Officer Shot And Killed By Fellow BART Police Officer In Empty Apartment

5:56 PM: A BART police officer was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while conducting a probation search in Dublin this afternoon, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said.

The shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. at the Park Sierra Apartments at 6450 Dougherty Road, Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Nelson said several officers went there to search an apartment belonging to a suspect in a series of recent robberies on BART.

The two officers entered the apparently empty apartment and one officer accidentally fired a shot that wounded the other officer, Nelson said.

The wounded officer was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he succumbed to his injuries, Nelson said.

Nelson said he assumes that the officers had their guns drawn as they entered the apartment but that the details of how or why the officer’s gun went off remain unclear.

The suspect was not at home at the time of the shooting.

Dublin police are investigating the shooting. The city of Dublin contracts with the sheriff’s office for police services.

BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey and General Manager Grace Crunican said in a statement, “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 said that he and Crunican visited with the officer’s family after the shooting to offer condolences and support. The officer’s name has not been released.

The shooting marks the first death of a BART police officer in the agency’s history.

Jeff Shuttleworth/Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

4:41 PM: A BART police officer was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while conducting a probation search in Dublin this afternoon, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said.

The shooting occurred at 1:03 p.m. at the Park Sierra Apartments at 6450 Dougherty Road.

Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson told reporters at the scene this afternoon that the officers were searching the apartment of a suspect who had committed various crimes, including robberies.

During the search, one of the BART officers was shot, and it appears he was shot accidentally by another BART officer at the scene, Nelson said.

The wounded officer was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he succumbed to his injuries, Nelson said.

Nelson said there are no suspects at large, and Dublin police are investigating the shooting. The city of Dublin contracts with the sheriff’s office for police services.

BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey and General Manager Grace Crunican said in a statement, “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.”

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

4:11 PM: A BART police officer who was shot while doing a probation search in Dublin this afternoon has died, transit agency officials said.

BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey and General Manager Grace Crunican said in a statement, “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.”

BART officials said the shooting occurred at 1:03 p.m. and the officer was taken to a hospital to be treated for his wounds.

BART officials said they aren’t releasing any additional details at this time and the investigation has been taken over by the Dublin Police Department.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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  • mz

    I’m very sorry about this tragedy, but I have to ask, why are BART Police officers performing probation searches at private homes? I thought their purpose was to patrol trains and stations and respond to BART-related emergencies, not do general law enforcement more than a mile away from the nearest BART station. Why should transit fares (which pay, in part, for the BART Police) go to non-BART policing?

    • mz

      SFGate also says that the guy was on probation for robberies and/or vandalism on BART property, which does sort of explain the presence of BART Police, but it still seems that the job should be left to those officers who routinely do probation searches and are trained in the appropriate procedures and let the BART Police officers focus on the BART system itself.

  • withak30

    Sfgate has an unnamed law enforcement source saying that the guy they were looking for was actually in custody somewhere else at the time.