Transit Officer in California Shot and Killed by Another Transit Officer During Search of Home
According to media reports, a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer was shot and killed while searching a home on Tuesday.
The officer was shot and killed by a fellow BART officer during the search.
Preliminary reports indicate that the shooting was accidental.
According to the LA Times,
In a brief statement, a somber BART police chief said the officer was the first to die on duty in the department’s history. Taking no questions, Chief Kenton Rainey said he was confirming the “tragic loss” with “a heavy heart.”
“Our condolences go out to the immediate family and friends and the extended BART family,” Rainey said. “We ask that everyone please give us a chance to catch our breath [and] grieve.”
This marks the first death of an officer in the line of duty in the agency’s history.
The slain officer is described as a 20 year veteran of the BART police department.