December 9th, 2012
04:49 AM ET

Campus cops shoot, kill graduate student at California college

Campus police at California State University San Bernardino shot and killed a graduate student following an altercation Saturday night, authorities said.

Police said officers responded to University Village, an off-campus student dormitory, regarding a disturbance involving Bartholomew Williams, 38.

Williams became aggressive and an altercation with officers followed in the hallway of the dorm, the college said in a statement. Officers then fired their weapons because they feared for their lives, police said.

Williams died at the scene.

One officer was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injury.

Williams was majoring in educational instructional technology, and started at the school in the summer of 2011, police spokesman Sid Robinson said.

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  1. Philip

    Without police, Americas national anthem might very well be just another cheezy rap.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. chrissy

    WHY were campus cops at an OFF campus facility in the first place? Shouldnt the real police have been called in? And this had nothing to do with Syria or Iran so why have they even been brought up.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Danno

    Why bother even having cops? Anyone can shoot their way out of an "altercation" and blame the victim.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    Since this happened at an off campus faci lity i cant imagine why the campus police were even there! This shouldve been a matter for the real police. And WHAT does this have to do with iran or syria???

    December 9, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kamikaze

      Campus police ARE real police. Their peace officer's license is no different then anyone else's in the State of California.

      December 9, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      University police have jurisdictional responsibility within one mile of campus.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • PDX

      And Portland tony must know this because he is the subject matter expert, sorry bro cant help you this isnt my jurisdiction.

      December 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa Malave

    Need more information/details to make a knowledgeable comment or remark. I don't understand why journalists are allowed to write such informationless articles and put their own slant on the situation. The pen is a mighty weapon and should be respected and used with caution. How about some real journalism here?

    December 9, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jake Henderson

      "infomationless"?

      December 9, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @chrissy. As explained, had Syrian or Iranian forces killed a student, US christians would rattle their sabres for war and call of the ouster of Syria's president, and the nukeing of Iran.
    It's called 'hipocracy', not Democracy.
    Or without police, hip-hopocracy. :)

    December 9, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim terwiliger

      If you think the US is or ever has been a democracy you are fooling yourself

      December 9, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • sim namore

      Look, Phil, if you can't write English, practice somewhere else.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • martin

      You are on to something, Phillip. Americans have a very selective sense of outrage. If a situation does not have a potential for political leverage, a death means nothing.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. ghostofpaterno

    Is Zimmerman back at work?

    December 9, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Is Trayvon reincarnated?

      December 9, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Davey D

    @BG sounds remarks pretty uninformed .. that major leads to 6 figure jobs its one of the fastest growing fields... do u read and stay up on current events.. Really?? do you? also many are going back to school to get advanced degrees..

    December 9, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Woody

    I live in a college area and from what I have seen from college students today I am surprised this does not happen more often . Why and when had college students become so violent ? So many today are drunk out of their minds ! Its a shame that students have been allowed to get so out of control , But I too was not there but far too many times I have seen college students taken off in handcuffs . Are colleges for learning or drinking and fighting ?

    December 9, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      American kids are spoiled. Many are concerned about nothing but themselves. If parents failed to keep their kids in control, the burden should fall on them since they are the ones funding these kids' bad behavior anyway. Their freedom should come with responsibilities. They should have to forfeit that 'right/freedom' when they fail to meet the associated responsibilities as in the case of that dad of 9 kids with 6 women and not paying child support being told to not have another kid till he takes care of the 9 he already made.

      December 9, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kamikaze

    Where does it state, "normally mild-mannered teacher-in-training" in the article?

    December 9, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ally buster

    If he had been armed himself then those cops would have been FAR LESS likely to shoot first and ask questions later, as apparently they did in this instance.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • heliocracy

      Seriously? Are you insane or am I not getting the sarcasm?

      December 9, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary Kaye Waterson

      You've got that completely backward.

      December 10, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    K.A.G. – the guy is dead. Had the shooter been another students who are less trained, they would surely be arrested and having to justify their use of lethal force. I am sure there are ways to stop an unarmed man's aggression without killing him. After all, death is pretty final; he doesn't even get to tell his side of the story... kinda like tryvon martin.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Potmeetkettlewellpapers

      I agree with this guy! And I'm sick of the sky-is-falling-hell-in-a-hand-basket arguments everytime something happens. Crime has been since the 60's

      December 9, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. orlop

    Guess he won't be paying back his college loans.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Abu Bob

      Unfortunately, the taxpayers will be on the hook.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Molly

    As a Student of Cal State San Bernaridno, it is quite interesting reading all the comments.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Catfish John

    Campus Police; are real police; they are certifed by the state...........

    December 9, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • sim namore

      What state would that be? The state of imbecility in most cases. Like this one.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
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