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. Archyle

    I suspect a race war will shortly ensue, hard to believe Charles Manson of all people was right...

    December 10, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mickey1313

    Murder. Plain and simple. The po po are supposed to serve and protect, and to use there non lethal response first, but no these pigs had to use there heat first. Shame on the police.

    December 10, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • rogue53

      Why would cops use non-lethal force when killing someone results in paid time off? Use non-lethal force and go back to work the next day? No way!!

      December 10, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jesse Ream

    Strange how the guys with guns were in fear for their lives

    December 10, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Martin WilliaMa

    NRA folks make money when these things happened just like the accidental gun discharge by the father that killed his 7 year old son....oh guns do not kill according to NRA idiots.

    December 10, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • rogue53

      You just said that the father killed the child. Did the gun do it by itself? Or are you confused?

      December 10, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. tina

    what does his age have to do with anything? is it ok to kill him because he is 38?

    December 10, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hamsta

    Where are the gun control whackos now? Cops should not be allowed to have lethal weapons, to many instances of improper use of deadly force. What's next? Shooting the wino that refuses to get off the park bench?

    December 10, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Such outrage against the police. If this was Arizona or Florida, anyone in the dorm could have shot the idiot and claimed "stand my ground". The moral of the story is, don't get drunk and act like an ass and don't pick fights with guys with guns.

    December 10, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    If not for a very powerful opposing force, Americans would raype, rob, kidnap, and murder each other like there's no tomorrow.
    Without police, nothing works properly in the USA. Think of what life would be like (or worth) if there were no police over Americans.

    December 10, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Linda. Nor are students trained as the real thing. NO child is left behind. (Carefully screened)

    December 10, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Really

    The Cops actually shot and killing a man with one hand and a leg in his wheel chair because they feared for their lives. They guy has a pen, yep a pen and that's the weapon that made 3 cops fear for their lives

    December 10, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Hobo

      that is not what this story is about.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Davidson

      As I read the above responses, I take it that most of these are from University students or graduates. You folks should go back to elementary school and learn how to compose and write the English language. I am amazed at the illiterate language coming out of you folks.

      December 10, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Debby

    Bet it turns out to be more gun happy cops. They are as bad as the gangs who always shoot to kill. To hell with the posibility that they may have been able to shoot at someone's leg to stop them or taze them. Always gotta shoot at the person's heart or head. My cop friends, and I have many in our family too, say the unjust shootings are an epidemic in police forces. I used to think they were wrong. Now I'm starting to wonder. Of course we usually only hear the facts that help support the cops too so one never knows the whole truth. Sad how much life is under valued by so many people. No matter which side is at fault a life shoiuld not be taken unless 100% necessary. What ever happened to "cooler heads prevail"?

    December 10, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I I agree with you Debby.. I am shocked to hear/read they elected to go with the most lethal weapon they have. As far as shooting them in the head or chest... They are trained to shoot center mast.. I am surprised you friends who are law enforcement officers did not tell you this. If was a head shot, it was a floater shot or a sniper shot. They aim center mast.

      December 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You are only justified shooting someone in a situation where someone's life is in danger. If you have time to try to maim, you probably don't have a good defense for using lethal force.

      December 10, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • GhostCoyote

      You've been watching too many movies. LE is trained to shoot center mass (the largest and slowest moving component of the human body) and it just so happens that that is where all the squishy parts necessary for life are located.

      December 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Archyle

    Well the truth is known now, video and audio recordings show the cop killed the man without any reason, he just kept repeating "I'm in fear for my life" before as he was approaching what was apparently a barbecue.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Shoot at the legs of a person aggresively in motion? Do you think cops are Annie Oakley...and she never feared for her life while sharpshooting.

      December 10, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Whoops...wrong place

      December 10, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Many USA citizens should return to school and change their careers.

    December 10, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sane Person

    Seems like these cops will shoot and kill anyone these days. 3 cops felt threatened by an unarmed college kid? Give me a break.

    December 10, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      They are not cops, they are gangsters with different name calls "COP"

      December 10, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary Kaye Waterson

      The article doesn't say the college student was unarmed. It says it's unknown if he was armed or not.

      December 10, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • OvernOut

      This college "kid" was 38 years old. He may have been a student, but he was no kid!

      December 10, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Wow okay cops are shooting people for no reason. They are trained in hand to hand combat, they have tasers, pepper spray they could have used any one of those but they shoot him. Just another sign of someone abusing their power.

    December 10, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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