California public transit officer shot by colleague

By Michelle Kapusta,

A California public transit officer was shot and killed by a colleague Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, authorities have said that a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer in the department’s first ever on-duty fatality.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Transit Police Chief Kenton Rainey did not give many details about Sgt. Tom "Tommy" Smith's death or explain how a plainclothes officer ended up shooting him while searching an apartment for a laptop and other stolen property.

Rainey did, however, reveal in a news conference that other officers were at the scene of the shooting investigating the theft of BART property.

Prior to the conference, Chief Rainey released a joint statement with BART General Manager Grace Crunican.

“The entire BART organization is deeply saddened by this tragic event, and we ask the public to keep the officer's family in its thoughts and prayers," the statement read.

Investigators are still gathering information and details about the shooting.

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