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Wednesday
Jan222014

BART Police Officer Dies in Accidental Shooting

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer is dead in the San Francisco suburb of Dublin after being shot by another officer.

Officials say the two were performing a probation search inside an apartment Tuesday evening.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, said, "The person that they were searching for was not at the residence but, at some point during that search, one officer fired and fatally struck the other officer."

According to Nelson, the shooting was accidental.

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement late Tuesday night identifying the dead officer as Sgt. Tom Smith, a 20-year veteran of the BART Police Department.

"[My wife] Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of veteran BART Sergeant Tom Smith, who bravely served his community for two decades. Sergeant Smith’s family, friends and colleagues are in our thoughts as we honor his service during this painful time," Brown said in the statement.

Smith, 42, leaves behind a wife and 6-year-old daughter.

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