Widow of BART officer shot by colleague sues transit agency

May 30, 2015 3:01 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The widow of a San Francisco Bay Area transit police officer who was accidentally killed by a colleague is suing the transit agency.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a federal lawsuit filed Friday alleges that Bay Area Rapid Transit law enforcement officials denied Sgt. Tom Smith's tactical search training before he was shot by a fellow officer while they were looking for stolen property at an apartment.

Prosecutors determined the officer mistook Smith for an armed assailant when the two unexpectedly encountered each other in a dark bedroom with two entrances in Jan. 2014.

Smith's widow, Kellie, is also a BART officer. Her lawyer, Joseph Lucia, told the Chronicle that BART's deputy chief denigrated officers who requested additional training.

A lawyer for BART, Dana Fox, says the agency's officers are trained in a way that exceeds state standards.

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