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. izandro

    a grad student doesn't major in anything

    December 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Well, "she's" here. That's my cue to say have a good day, everyone.
    It's good to see you again, chrissy. See ya round.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Now I really want her name, if she can drive people off these blogs! "She" sounds magnificent! My kind of woman!

      December 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fixxlefry

    Student- "Don't taze me bro"

    Officer- "okay"

    December 9, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Z Bob

    Americans more and more think that all they have to do is act in an aggressive and threatening manner and they will get what they want even if they are completely in the wrong. Likely this guy was one of them but went too far with the wrong people. Likely but of course we don't know the details.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Then you are hereby off the list, normal person!!

    December 9, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. ms13

    So where's Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton?

    December 9, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nada de Mais

    It seems like another case of white cops killing black people.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Louis Bricano

      You seem like another case of a mental-defective Obama voter who doesn't know your rear end from your face.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    To: The "get a gun" crowd.
    All that you having a gun does is turn a simple robbery into a complicated homicede.
    Get a clue. You are one, they are many. (why we call them "gangs") Let that dirbag have your TV. Do NOT shoot him in the back you freaking moron.

    December 9, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe R.

      These were campus police officers. Are you saying police officers should no longer carry guns too? Oh, that's right, if the public stops carrying guns, the criminals are soon to follow their example. LOOOOOOL! If someone breaks into my house it won't be his back I'll shoot at.

      December 9, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge Sedano

      not really a coherent rant!!

      December 9, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. chicadow

    It's 2012. You have texts, twitter, email, and Facebook. Use them. Dork.

    December 9, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. bajalocom

    Cops have a license to kill period... May be Mr. Williams was trying to defend himself...

    December 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nada de Mais

    At this time of the year the police officers were just enjoying themselves killing black people. They didn't mean to serve or protect anyone.

    December 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Nada de Mais

      Your statement doesn't make sense.
      If they were capable of thinking they wouldn't be cops.

      December 9, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Nada fos


      December 9, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    Hire cops who are pretty strong and not scared of angry, drunk people. Maybe use a tranquilizer gun or stun gun.

    December 9, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Snazzy

    It's the new way of the world, Ladies and Gentlemen. Shoot first, ask questions later. Folks are not as quick to think as they are to react now of days and many times, common sense takes a back seat. Personally, I think if you shoot an unarmed man, you are a coward.

    Less men these days.

    December 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gloria

    I don't know the "official" facts, so I certainly can't make a clear judgment, but it seems to me that perhaps this man could have been taken down without the taking of his life. I am sure that there are parts of the body that can be shot at which would take someone down but not fatally. The proper use of a tazer is another possibility.

    December 9, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. touche

    I earned my Masters degree at age 50. Whats age and major got to do with this?

    December 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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