BART Officials Tight-Lipped On Fatal San Francisco Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Bay Area Rapid Transit officials have provided very little information about Sunday night’s fatal officer-involved shooting on the San Francisco Civic Center station platform.

BART Deputy Police Chief Daniel Hartwig told reporters at a morning briefing at the transit agency’s Oakland headquarters that investigators hope to learn the man’s identity Tuesday.

He is believed to Caucasian and between the ages of 30 and 50, Hartwig said.

BART police said the victim, who has not yet been identified by the coroner’s office, was “drunk and wobbly” and wielding a knife and broken bottle when he was shot and killed.

Investigators have interviewed the two officers who were involved in the incident but are not releasing details for fear of compromising the ongoing investigation.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Hartwig said witnesses that have come forward have been helpful, but they are still looking to speak to others who were on the platform at the time of the shooting.

“We have requested that anyone who has any video or any information at all about this case to please contact our police,” he said.

In total, there were about 30-40 people on the Civic Center platform when the shooting took place around 9:45 on Sunday night. Hartwig said there was very little time between when officers arrived and when they were confronted by the victim.

“It takes a minute in time but it may seem like five minutes for an officer,” said Hartwig. “Decisions have to be made and they have to be made quickly. When you have a decision to make to utilize deadly force, there’s not a time frame to do it. If it has to be done, (that decision) is made and it’s done.”

Medical personnel performed CPR on the man, who was shot in his front torso area. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 10:45 p.m.

The two officers have been placed on administrative leave. One of the officers involved in the shooting has been on the BART police force for six years, and the other for 18 months.

One of the officers was carrying a Taser at the time of the confrontation but did not use it, BART officials said.

Hartwig said BART has finished training all of its officers to use Tasers, and that all officers will be required to carry them starting Monday.

BART officers and San Francisco police are working on a joint investigation, which includes reviewing a surveillance recording that captured part of the confrontation.

BART officials will be releasing information on behalf of SFPD, he added.

Hartwig said he encourages witnesses to contact BART Criminal Investigations Division at (510) 464-7040. People with information can also contact San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 to remain anonymous.

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  • Arthur Vega

    we pay taxes to have them kii us… welcome to america

  • Mark Duran

    Whatever happened to the notion that police try to disarm a drunk (was he also mentally ill?). They said this guy was drunk and ‘wobbly’ and had a knife and broken bottle…. Big deal, I could have probably disarmed him, and I am a wimp. Police these days act like they should be able to mitigate common risks with deadly force. Cops used to be a tough bunch of hombres and actually took risks, chased down the bad guys on foot and arrested them. Now they act like a bunch of frightened old ladies (with guns) who use deadly force on drunks… cowardly behavior in my book. What ever happened to brave heroic police?

    As of late, the Bart Police seem to be a particularly violent trigger-happy and out of control force. I say we disband them and start over.

    • PAX

      big deal, you say? disband them, you say?
      You would certainly have no trouble.

  • Jeff

    The police need to be disciplined.

  • minoritiesmakebetterracists

    This honky was obviously at fault. Riot cancelled, everybody.

    • PAX

      last night’s protest was all your fault, just because of this comment!

  • adam

    Get Burris on this case! Perhaps start a riot and loot the dam city. Wait….this is a white victim and not black!

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