Off-Duty Cop Causes Gun Scare At Pleasant Hill BART Station

PLEASANT HILL (CBS SF) – Three BART trains were delayed Tuesday morning after a handgun sighting on a platform at the Pleasant Hill BART station caused a stir among morning commuters.

BART police responded around 8 a.m. to a train operator’s report of a man with a gun in his waistband at the station.

Officers arrived on the platform with their guns drawn, giving some morning commuters a scare and causing three trains to be held as police investigated.

After speaking with the man with the concealed gun, police quickly learned that he was an off-duty police officer, BART police Lt. Aaron Ledford said.

“Once we determined that he was off-duty law enforcement, we released the trains,” he said.

The incident caused delays of up to 20 minutes, he said.

Although it turned out there was no hazard to the public, Ledford credited the train operator who reported the weapon for his quick reaction in a potentially dangerous situation.

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  • brother norman

    The scare is in the fear of the public,and that Bart cops might end up shooting another innocent person to death and walk away with no repercussions to speak of.

    • blah blah

      you are an idiot!

  • Ray

    I was on the platform, although I didn’t see the officers draw their guns. There was no effort made to keep people from coming up onto the platform, even though it was apparently known that there was an armed suspect on the platform. It was very crowded and with the number of people, it would have been impossible to get off safely if a firefight had started. When people saw the police officers draw guns, they panicked and there was nearly a stampede down the stairs. One woman was injured. You would think they would have better procedures in place for dealing with this type of situation- at least hold people in the lower part of the station until they checked out what was going on above. It had the potential to turn very tragic. I’m very disappointed in the way this was handled by BART Police.

    • Sunshine

      I was at the platform and agree 100% with Ray. I think that there must have been different methods taken by the police and Bart to ensure safety of the public. Instead, they managed to create a very dangerous situation by keeping 100s of people on the platform and with no way out of it in case of emergency. Poor planning, poor execution of this police activity. I could only imagine what would happen in case of actually dangerous and urgent situation.
      Thankfully, this time it was a false alarm.

  • Mary G.

    Maybe it’s time for BART police to take their jobs seriously. The safety of the public MUST be a priority. This incident shows that they need training. Lots of it. PLEASE BART, take notice! Very fortunately for the public, no shots were fired!

  • M

    I completely agree with Ray, Sunshine, and Mary G. i was on the platform and was standing right next to the off duty officer all the guns and rifles were pointed at. I found the most threatening thing about the situation to be the officers with guns and rifles running down the platform. Luckily, there was no real threat, but had there been I could see this being a recipe for disaster. I wonder to myself if BART police would have handled the situation in the same way had the potential threat been on a train or at the center of the platform. If the situation was unknown and there was no immediate threat, why not approach the situation in a way that didn’t immediately escalate things. Had it not been an off duty officer and a real threat I can easily imagine the situation going from calm to chaotic and tragic in a second flat with plenty of innocent bystanders in the midst of all of it.

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  • Darwin

    PUH-lease there are so many thugs packing on BART at any given time and they stop the trains for this. What a joke.

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