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. outawork

    Don't they issue campus cop tasers or pepper spray?

    December 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. M

    Another sad truth about the lack of willingness to act without a firearm. What was the reason for shooting to kill? What about shooting to disable/disarm? Act first and think later.. What a disastrous way of living life.... Taking away other lives...

    December 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. M

    Just another day in America... One shoots – one dies. When is this act first – think later going to stop? Life is not a Western... What would be sooo wrong about disabling someone as opposed to taking their lives? Why have lives become so unimportant and disposable? Where is their conscience? Life should be more valuable than this.

    December 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Get over it. Don't act like a fool, don't get shot. Easy.

      December 31, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. TonyP

    This is the excuse cops give for killing unarmed black people.

    December 31, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Grumpymedic

      How do you know the student was black?

      January 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. C. Moakler

    What is it with cops in California? Is the idea of overpowering someone with your police skill and all that nonlethal stuff on your belt just too much work? I guess the deal that BART cop got for cold blooded murder is the inspiration.

    December 31, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frederick1337

    Better ban guns for cops. Everyone in the country knows that banning guns will solve all the problems!

    January 1, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. the_dude

    38 and still in college? What a loser

    January 2, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ghostcannon

      I think the loser here it's you. Just because he is 38 and still attending college does not mean he is a loser...what about if he is doing his Masters/Ph.D? Or sent there from a company that he is working for with fully paid tuition to complete his degree? My condolences to the family of the student and COPS should use their training in dealing with people specially unarmed ones...this thing should have not happen if proper trainings tactics/techniques were used. Shame on the cops!

      January 2, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • hillbilleter

      He's 38 and still at university because he's a Grad Student. It said so in the story. That means he's working on an advanced degree, in case you don't know what a grad student is.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. jimmy

    California Sheriff Department, State Troopers and their University police are a very well trained and funded professional organization. I too am not saying they were right or wrong because I wasn't there during this incident but can say I was affiliated with the California Sheriff’s department ad a reserve deputy and can say these guys don't wake up in the mornings and decided that today they will shoot and kill someone for no apparent reason. These guys, (officers) are targets each day they dawn their uniforms, yet we as a society consider them the good guys but soon as someone,(a suspect), loose their life, due to some form of disruption, theirs a portion of society that is quick to judge without knowing or even acknowledging the facts of the matter. Grant it, I would like knowing why they did not utilize their tazzers or what prevented this from being their first response? What we need to start addressing is the fact that as soon as an officer is involved in any kind of shooting they are scrutinized, if they shoot there questions and if they don't there are questions, put yourselves in their shoes. Even if this is part of their job description, it takes a strong minded individual to put that uniform on every day, knowing that today may be the day that I don't return home to my love ones. Life should be and is more valuable not to mention theirs is as well. Why have lives become so unimportant and disposable, is a question we all ask on a daily basis but we don't seem to be finding any reasonable answers to this question?


    January 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      So i guess the entire early 1990's never happened then? I guess every person of color living in a bad neighborhood is a gang member too?

      January 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |

    How were the police threaten? Did the guy have a weapon? If so, then maybe I can understand that the police feared for their lives. If not, then what ever happened to tazers or some other non-lethal force? There is too much of this going on these days. A trained police officers should be able to get a better result.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Qman

    Guess they got afraid to get punchd in the face a few times by some one whos angry.

    C'mon, it's not worth a life. Any cop with good morals would just wrestle the guy to the ground if he was unarmed. It's definitely worth the cuts and bruises you may recieve to take him down but it's not worth the guys life.

    Sure, he MAY have been armed, but if they're that concerned.... they should have just tazered him....

    January 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nachoknights

    seems to always be a masters degree, just saying...

    January 4, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. john wise

    That's why Police Officers need more training. That Officer who became afraid should have been weeded out. Who does his family know to have gotten him past the psych eval? If he had no gun or other weapon, and there were two Officers, Lethal Force is not justifiable. You call for backup, and deploy non lethal measures, e.g, Baton, pepper Spray, taser, fists and cuffs etc! IF YOUR SCARED DON"T TAKE THE JOB!

    January 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john wise

    I am so sorry for your loss...

    January 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. davidswelt

    A 38-y/o graduate student is not too uncommon, but graduate students do not pick majors. That is a term for undergraduates.

    January 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Officers have a badge to kill with out concern if your guilty or not. Stop the police state of American Today!

    January 7, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Actually the death is not solely on the officers hands. Those cops are given 0 training bare minimum by university lawyers and city officials. A lot of the reason for poor policing is liberal mayors not investing in making law enforcement smarter. NYPD only gets 5 hours of firearms training and their once a year qualification test is designed to be passed in the first 7 yards. 3,57 meaning at 15 and 25 you can miss coupled with a scoring system of hit no hit. Instead liberal mayors mostly want to use police not to look for criminals but to enforce codes that bring in revenue to fund the holiday party.

      When a real altercation happens a lot of cops react poorly, simply because they don't train for it. They are to busy taking stupid classes then getting life saving skills.

      January 7, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
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