The job of a law enforcement officer is tough enough without worrying about friendly fire. That applies to all law enforcement including Bay Area Rapid Transit police in California. Nevertheless, Tom Smith, a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer is accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer Tuesday. Apparently, the officers were conducting a search at a home in the East Bay city of Dublin, CA when the accident occurred around 2 p.m. BART Police officers were following up on a crime that was committed at an apartment in Dublin which was BART property.
Sgt. Smith's body was removed from the hospital late Tuesday in a casket draped in an American flag. Police saluted the casket as it was placed in the Coroner's van. This was the first death of an officer in the line of duty in the BART history. The Dublin Police Department is continuing to investigate the accidental shooting.