The San Francisco medical examiner’s office has released the name of a man killed during a confrontation with BART police at the Civic Center station on Sunday. Charles Hill, 45, was allegedly wielding a knife and a broken alcohol bottle as weapons before BART police shot him at about 9:45 p.m. on the train platform, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.
Hill, who has no fixed address, was shot in the front torso area and later taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m., Johnson said.Two BART police officers had responded to the station after receiving reports of a white man wearing a tie-dye shirt and green military fatigue pants who was carrying an open container of alcohol.
He was described as drunk and “wobbly” to BART dispatch. The officers approached the man, who was aggressive and combative and did not comply with orders, BART Deputy Police Chief Daniel Hartwig said. One of the officers was armed with a Taser and one suffered minor cuts during the confrontation, BART officials said. A woman who witnessed the incident told the Bay Citizen that the man wasn’t running or lunging at the two officers and that she didn’t think it was appropriate to shoot him.
Johnson said the woman’s account “is not the only perspective” on the shooting.San Francisco and BART police have identified 35 to 40 witnesses and have interviewed more than half already, he said. San Francisco police are conducting most of the interviews. There will be “a more complete and accurate picture” of what happened once all the witnesses are interviewed, Johnson said.
After both agencies complete their parallel investigations, BART will release a video of the shooting unless the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, which is conducting its own probe, objects. “We want to be transparent and there’s no reason for us to hold onto the video, because the public has every right to see it,” Johnson said.
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