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Detective Sergeant Tom Smith | Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California

Detective Sergeant

Tom Smith

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)

Incident Date: 1/21/2014

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Not available

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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 been over two months and my heart is heavy daily. I know that Tommy would not like to hear that but it is true. Tommy taught me how to be a CSO and to strive to better myself daily. He gave me opportunities when others would not. Unknowingly he had been a mentor to me for many years. I will never forget the years in Richmond being his and Boris's side kick. The laughs were just as many as the lessons I learned.
Kellie and Summer, you two are in my prayers and thoughts daily. I know your blessed with many who love and care for you......

CSO,C.Rinnert
BART PD
March 25, 2014

 

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