One of the BART cops involved in the killing of a drunken knife-toting man on the Civic Center train platform Sunday night suffered cuts and bruises on his arm, the transit agency said Monday.
The cop's injuries offer a slight glimpse into what may have led to the shooting. BART police have thus far been tight-lipped about their investigation.
BART police received a call of a "wobbly drunk" on the train platform of the downtown station at 9:33 p.m., according to spokesman Linton Johnson. Two BART police officers responded at 9:45 p.m., and one minute later there was another call about police opening fire on the man, he said.
He died at San Francisco General Hospital about an hour after he was shot, Johnson said.
BART police said they “found glass from what appears to be a shattered bottle and knives at the scene.”
A BART cop at the scene said “something forced [the officers] to utilize legal force.”
The unidentified officers, described only as a white man and Asian man, were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. San Francisco police and BART cops will conduct parallel investigations.
BART police Chief Kenton Rainey planned to hold a news conference on Monday at the transit agency’s headquarters in Oakland.
BART service was interrupted after the shooting, but service was expected to resume Monday at 8 a.m. The agency is operating on a Sunday schedule for the Fourth of July holiday.
Every BART police officer who patrols the agency’s trains, stations and waiting areas will soon be equipped with a Taser. BART’s board of directors voted unanimously on Thursday to purchase 130 new Tasers, an acquisition that will bring the agency’s total to 190, enough for each one of the department’s patrol officers.
The decision to purchase the Tasers came in the wake of the deadly shooting of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale Station on Jan. 1, 2009. In that case, BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, a white man, fatally shot Grant, a black man. Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, claimed he reached for his Taser but mistakenly pulled his gun.