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. Seabat

    People, a human was killed. What has education debate have to do with it? Cops don't know how to use batons. There was one student. There were how many cops? Obviously more than one....

    December 9, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. gil

    wow, so many comments based on so little evidence. u people are as dumb as our politicians. just cant wait 2 take sides instead of waiting 4 the facts.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. unretired05

    It happened last night the reporter reported what he could. " authorities said." "police said." " police spokesman Sid Robinson said." What else could they report this soon.
    38 years old? How many tours did he do in the mid-east? I don't know if he did, and I doubt if any of the other posters know either.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    The police are the only thing that keep Americans from ripping each others guts out.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I agree with you, we have peace because of cops otherwise ordinary people like you and me will not be even able to walk the street without fear of being beaten, robbed or killed.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    While I guess at least he won't have massive amounts of student loan debt and no decent job prospects to show for it.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jt_flyer

    A deadly force was the one way? How many officers were there? Maybe if there had been a dozen or more they wouldn't have has to shoot. I remember the college police officers at my school. I hope see cops were trained.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. unretired05

    I don't care much for text speak, but I agree (I think).

    December 9, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    The fiscal cliff has always been there, mister.
    It's just recently that Americans discovered they could vote for themselves generous gifts from the public treasury that has driven US to the edge of the cliff.
    Voters now vote for the man who promises the most freebies.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. alientech

    Shoot to kill every time. American police are experts at it – every police state in the word should learn from the best.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Spencer Shaw

      Waahhh Police State Waaaahhh. Its not a police state. If you are going to attack someone who is armed and you should know not to attack them, prepare for the consequences. You don't evne know the facts of the case (Was the guy on PCP or another narcotic, was the guy very strong, were the officers small, etc).

      December 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    In 1887, Scottish history proffessor Alexander Tyler had this to say about democracy and fiscal cliffs:
    "Democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
    A democracy will continue to exist up until the time voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
    From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates who promise the most ["free"] benefits.
    This results in the democracy finally collapsing because of loose fiscal policies."

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

      Tis a better form of government than an uberrich corporate dictatorship where the 1% control the 99%.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • KeninTexas

      It's not trival. It's the truth as you can see with the results of this past election. It's all downhill from here.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Off-topic whining...get over it, your guys lost.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. dan

    I heard the police needed target practice

    December 9, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Like I don't know EXACTLY who is here lurking.
    Lurking and poseing is what she does. It's who she is. The girl simply cannot help herself.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Oh, who is it? She sounds fierce! I want to hang with her!

      December 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sailen Barik

    This has become a routine excuse. Police officers, who chose an inherently unsafe profession by choice, became fearful of their own life, and took someone else's. And I routinely hear that we cannot make any comments since we "do not know all the facts". Our national respect and fear of our "men and women in uniform" extends to even the Cable guy. When are we going to treat them as any other public employee, such as a teacher or a bank teller or a grocery store clerk? We all serve the nation.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexander

      Anyone who takes another human life for whatever reason, be they police or civilian, should go before a jury of their peers and prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their actions where justified.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • KeninTexas

      The excuse may sound routine simply because that is why a cop would shot someone. Only because that he or someone else is in danger from some individual who has gone over the edge. And you don't know the facts of what happened. You're jumping to conclusions based on your own prejudices or biases. It will be sorted out after an investigation. If the cops were wrong, it will be found out. If they were right, will you come back on here and say you were wrong to judge them without the facts? I doubt it.
      And you want them to act like a teacher or other public employee? Next time you're in trouble, call a teacher or a trash man to come to your aid and see what it gets you. It's a dangerous job they have so give them the benefit of the doubt when they do have to react with split second timing.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @dan 10:12AM.
    Hardy har har. That's a real kneeslapper.
    Did you think that one up all by yourself, or did your mother guide you?

    December 9, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Sorry, I become a fool when I don't take my medication. And I never take my medication, whoo!!!

      December 9, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. IvyLeagueMamaLlama

    This article leaves out the answer to the single most important question: was the student armed? If not, I, for one, don't want to hear anything about the officers shooting him because they "feared for their lives." It is not acceptable for officers (in particular, but anyone else, also) to kill unarmed people. If you carry a gun, you carry a responsibility.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Spencer Shaw

      Exactly, they do have a responsibility, and that is to stay alive and go home. Do you know how many armed calls a police officer goes to? All of them are armed (they have the gun). They need to protect their gun from getting into the hands of someone who shouldn't have it. Second, if the officer was a small female, she will fear for her life differently than a large male. Third, I love it how it's not the person's fault for attack the officers and getting themselves shot, its the cops fault the person attacked them. Love it.

      December 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      Police officers are not obligated by policy or law to match the amount of force used against them. In other words, a gun does not have to be involved for them to use theirs. You don't know what happened. You don't know how big he is, how aggressive he was, or basically anything about the situation. You're just spouting off because you hate cops anyway.

      December 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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