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BART officer dies after being shot by partner during Dublin search

Original post made on Jan 21, 2014

A BART police officer was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while conducting a probation search in Dublin Tuesday afternoon, an Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 3:54 PM

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Very tragic. I don't understand why Bart police were there though, the article said the City of Dublin contracts with the Sheriffs office for support. Does this mean BART police are overstaffed?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

BART police were there because the suspect was accused of robberies on BART property.


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Posted by Lou Stuhle
a resident of California Somerset
on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm

leave it to some more (who ironically calls himself "common sense") to try and turn a tragedy into a political talking point.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm

A very tragic event indeed. May the officer Rest In Peace.


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Posted by Jake
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

Only BART investigates crimes that originate on BART properties. There have been several robberies committed at BART all by the same suspect. That suspect lived at the residence and it can be assumed they were going to collect evidence related to the robberies. Criminals and the evidence they have don't always stay in the same jurisdiction where the crime occurs. Agencies often go to other jurisdiction to complete a case, and agencies don't hand off cases mid investigation. Lastly, BART officers have the same minimum training as any California officer. It's just a tragic accident that unfortunately happens from time to time when humans are involved.


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Posted by Diane
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

Tragic all around...definitely for the officer that was killed and also tragic for the Bart officer who accidently shot him ...he will live with that forever !


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

My thoughts are with the officer's wife and family.

Clearly, mistakes were made in this situation. Let's have confidence that they will serve as lessons for future searches.

They might also highlight the need to reevaluate the threshold for searches. In this case, we might question the value of a laptop, a laptop bag and other items not worthy of mention if the search for them places lives in danger.

Mike


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Mike wrote: "They might also highlight the need to reevaluate the threshold for searches. In this case, we might question the value of a laptop, a laptop bag and other items not worthy of mention if the search for them places lives in danger."

Doesn't apply in this case. This fellow was an armed robbery suspect. The police had no choice but to conduct a search of his apartment.

The SF Chronicle has a story about the capture of the suspect:
(SF Chronicle story: Web Link )


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I think that needs to be new designs/materials that are more protective and cover the entire head and torso.

The materials are available already. It's time to take another look at the clothes that astronauts use on the moon and outer space.

The new protective clothes could be stretchable and bullet proof.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Can anybody explain how come the officer's death is considered an "accident"? Is there any reason to believe that he was deliberately killed?


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