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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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It's now 2 years since you were taken from your family, which includes the extended family in blue. We don't have to have met you to grieve, but we all know, it's those who knew and loved you most that feel the greatest pain. We pray for them as we honor you here. So long as they hold you close in their hearts and minds, you will never truly be gone.

The scum who murdered you will face true justice, if not in this life, then in the next. of that I am confident.

God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 21, 2016


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