BART Officer Shot, Killed in Friendly Fire May Have Been Mistaken for Armed Suspect: Report

Monday, Jan 27, 2014  |  Updated 1:19 AM PDT
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The funeral for Sgt. Tommy Smith is scheduled for  Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley, also known as the Three Cross Church. Jodi Hernandez reports.

The funeral for Sgt. Tommy Smith is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley, also known as the Three Cross Church. Jodi Hernandez reports.

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Fatal Friendly-Fire BART Shooting Not Caught on Cam: Report

The deadly friendly-fire shooting of a BART police detective in Dublin was not captured by body cameras issued to all of the transit agency's officers in the wake of the 2009 Oscar Grant shooting, because the five who entered the apartment either weren't wearing the devices or didn't activate them, according to sources in The Chronicle.
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The BART officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty by another officer may have been mistaken for an armed suspect, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sgt. Tom Smith died Tuesday from a single bullet wound to the chest. It was fired by a fellow officer during a probation search in Dublin.

Sources close to the investigation told the Chronicle the shooting may be the result of a split-second misjudgment by officer Michael Maes.

The Alameda County Sheriffs' Office is investigating the shooting death.

Spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson told the Oakland Tribune that there are news reports that are painting an inaccurate picture of what happened, and that more information is needed before making any conclusions.

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