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Detective Sergeant Thomas A. Smith, Jr | Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California

Detective Sergeant

Thomas A. Smith, Jr

Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 34

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Detective Sergeant Tommy Smith was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while conducting a probation check and warrant service at an apartment on Dougherty Road, in Dublin, at approximately 1:00 pm. The subject they were searching for was wanted for several robberies on BART property.

The officers conducting the check had made a force entry into the apartment when a round was discharged, striking Sergeant Smith. He was transported to Eden Medical Center where he succumbed to the wound.

The subject wanted in the initial search had already been taken into custody by another agency prior to the start of the search.

Sergeant Smith had served with the BART Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, who also serves with the department, and his 6-year-old daughter.

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Tom, I think about you often. You were my partner years ago in our two week sergeants school. You BART me SFPD. It's been a year since you left, but 6 years since Sgt School, and your cell number is still in my phone! You were a bit of a dork, but a dork I would turn the sky a hail fire red for. I would back you up under ANY circumstance and be the first there. I wish I could tell your little girl what a good man her daddy was. I will find her. Jesus man, you were such a good dude!!!

Sergeant Ian Furminger
San Francisco Police
March 11, 2015


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