Coroner IDs Man Killed by BART Police

Thursday, Jul 7, 2011  |  Updated 4:38 PM PDT
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Coroner IDs Man Killed by BART Police

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The San Francisco medical examiner's office has released the name  of a man killed during a confrontation with BART police at the Civic Center  station on Sunday.
    Charles Hill, 45, was allegedly wielding a knife and a broken  alcohol bottle as weapons before BART police shot him at about 9:45 p.m. on  the train platform, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.

    Hill, who has no fixed address, was shot in the front torso area  and later taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced  dead at 10:45 p.m., Johnson said.     Two BART police officers had responded to the station after  receiving reports of a white man wearing a tie-dye shirt and green military  fatigue pants who was carrying an open container of alcohol. He was described  as drunk and "wobbly" to BART dispatch.
    The officers approached the man, who was aggressive and combative  and did not comply with orders, BART Deputy Police Chief Daniel Hartwig said. 
    One of the officers was armed with a Taser and one suffered minor  cuts during the confrontation, BART officials said.
    A woman who witnessed the incident told the Bay Citizen that the  man wasn't running or lunging at the two officers and that she didn't think  it was appropriate to shoot him.
    Johnson said the woman's account "is not the only perspective" on  the shooting.
    San Francisco and BART police have identified 35 to 40 witnesses  and have interviewed more than half already, he said. San Francisco police  are conducting most of the interviews.
    There will be "a more complete and accurate picture" of what  happened once all the witnesses are interviewed, Johnson said.
   After both agencies complete their parallel investigations, BART  will release a video of the shooting unless the San Francisco District  Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own probe, objects."We want to be transparent and there's no reason for us to hold  onto the video, because the public has every right to see it," Johnson said.
 

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