Detective Sergeant Thomas A. Smith, Jr

Detective Sergeant Thomas A. Smith, Jr

Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Thomas A. Smith, Jr

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.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 34

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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For the first time I saw your dedication sign on Hwy 680. I was compelled to research the information regarding your EOW and it's circumstances. Painful...... But necessary, it keeps me in check as a human / citizen and that mistakes happen. Why that day and to you? Only God and you know. I want all to know how personally I am appreciative of the sacrifices you and your family, friends, coworkers have made...Before, during and the years after to come. Thank you for your service & sacrifice.

Norma Vantine
Citizen/ ER nurse

March 30, 2021

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