DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — A Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer Tuesday in the first on-duty fatality in the department's 42-year history, authorities said.
The officers were conducting a search at a home in the East Bay city of Dublin when the shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon. BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said the officers were following up on a crime that was committed on BART property.
"It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the tragic loss of the first officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the BART Police Department," Rainey told reporters at a brief news conference Tuesday evening.
He offered few other details and didn't answer any questions from reporters.
"We ask that everyone please give us a chance to catch our breath," he said, and also to "grieve."
The officer who was shot was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he died from his injuries.
"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," Rainey and BART General Manager Grace Crunican said earlier in a joint statement.
They said they were withholding the officers' identity and other details for now.
Both Rainey and Crunican have visited with the deceased officer's family to provide condolences and offer support.
Television networks showed lines of officers outside the hospital saluting as their fallen comrade's body — draped in a large American flag — was loaded onto the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau van.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Department will investigate the shooting, Rainey said.