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Funeral for BART Officer to be Held Next Wednesday

Sgt. Tommy Smith. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit.
Sgt. Tommy Smith. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit.
By Bay City News Service

A public funeral will be held in Castro Valley next Wednesday for BART police Sgt. Tom "Tommy" Smith, who died after he was accidentally shot by a colleague during a probation search in Dublin on Tuesday.

BART officials announced this morning that the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley at 20600 John Drive.

There will also be a public viewing on Tuesday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Chapel of the Chimes at 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward.

[Related article: Fallen BART Officer Lived in San Ramon]

Smith, a 23-year veteran of the department, was shot by a colleague at about 2 p.m. Tuesday while the officers were searching an apartment at 6450 Dougherty Road. 

he apartment was the home of a man believed to have stolen a car from the Hayward BART station on Jan. 15 and then used it to rob a victim at the Fruitvale station later that day.

The suspect, 20-year-old John Henry Lee, was in custody at the time of the search, and authorities have not yet released specific details about what went wrong the day of Smith's shooting. Smith is survived by his wife Kellie, who heads the BART Police Department's K-9 unit, and their 6-year-old daughter.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 01:23 PM
State of the City Address Postponed for BART Officer's Funeral http://dublin.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/state-of-the-city-address-postponed-for-bart-officers-funeral
Camaro on Cinderblocks January 24, 2014 at 05:06 PM
None of the 5 BART officers had their camera's on. The camera's that were put in place due to the last BART police murder. I think it's time to keep BART police at BART and not off BART property.
Desert Rat January 24, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Absolutely. And if a criminal runs off of BART property, they have to stop at the property line and let them go. That whole sworn peace officer status anywhere in the state deal is just over rated....
Autumn Johnson (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 08:10 PM
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