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. Anton


    College students party too hard and cops not trained to subdue drunk and that leads to death.

    Move this incident to a upper class teen party in a white suburb and see what happens to the cop.

    December 9, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Antonsdad

      This incident happened at the University of South Alabama fairly recently. What happened to the cop? Nothing. This isn't about race or class, it's about abuse of power and choosing the easy thing over using the training that man for him to receive

      December 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    I'm sure the cop would have shot him if he cooperated with them and followed their orders! People are just stupid, and when one is stupid you pay the consequences. BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS!

    December 9, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    NOT ME @ l0:38 or l0:50, that would be the resident hijacker jeffrey grant roem, also known as little mister, nate, emma, benn and our names also, and the depends dude and pizza bandit too! STOP using my name to post under you PUTZ!!

    December 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    These Cop Wanna-bees shouldn't even be allowed to carry a gun. When has one of them ever been injured or killed while on duty? The ones I've known are insecure punks that found a badge to hide behind!

    December 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.A.G.

      "When has one of them ever been injured or killed while on duty?"

      Well if you had bothered to read the article, you would have noticed this line:

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

      So one was injured while on duty. Stop being reatrded and learn to read.

      December 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shane Fischer

    Of course the cop is going to claim that he was scared for his life. That how you justify murder.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elphaba

      Being that you obviously were there, why don't you give an account of events.

      December 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |

      Can't murder a willing soul

      December 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • FryDaddy

      He's just basing his statement on how these things usually happen. Cop unjustly kills someone, lies about it, is supported by his department, and usually gets off with a slap on the wrist, if that. How many times do you have to see this in our society to know your response to the original post was, essentially, unwarranted?

      December 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dennis

    that dope just screws up lives and the clowns do not get it!

    December 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Well........... I'll bet you never did dope............ and you are a real CLOWN!

      December 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    What if the kid beat the cop up took his gun and started shooting other students then you iditots would be saying the cops didnt do their job. Bottom line don't touch a cop. If you do know your life is in jeopardy. How hard is that to understand.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • lrich_9

      yeah you're right! and what if purple elephants began to fall from the sky, what would we do then?

      December 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |

    Lets start by saying, God Bless America, I am so proud of our Police Forces around the Country, when I hear of another trouble making black dealt the death card, I am so happy, go sing a rap song on that one, yeahhhhh! Like the Zimmerman HERO now suing the media for doctoring the voices on the 911 tapes to inflame the public for ratings, turns out Zimmerman was a National Hero! I say blow those blackies to hell when they get uppity like that. Shoot when they open their mouths, blast them, and when they arrive in HELL....I really Pray that their teeth pop like popcorn when they meet up with the devil. Support Your Local Police Ha Ha Ha Ha...LMAO

    December 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hi

      Why do you Choose Random words In Your Reply to capitalize? It makes everything else you say seem even more ridiculous than it already is. Get Some Education.

      December 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |

    Three cheers for the POLICE, another loud mouth troublemaker gone to meet the devil, I hear his teeth popping like popcorn at the gates of Hell, pretty hot down there.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • FryDaddy

      No such place. A figment of your imagination, or rather, of your brainwashing.

      December 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DickPerry

    LMAO.. Americans.. Its like giving guns to children..

    December 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ira Redshirt

      Oh, and I suppose you Mexicans feel safe with your guns? Give me a break. And a .45.

      December 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    That is the worst article I have seen in a very long time. There is almost no information presented.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lrich_9

    I've now read this article on two major news sites, the other site did not have the name or age of the man that was sh0t but other than that it was exactly the same. I have yet to read anything saying why these officers (plural!) where in fear for their lives and there has been no mention at all regarding whether or not this person was armed with anything.
    So I have to question how a group of trained police officers were so terrified of this man that they felt the need to kiII him. These days the cops just absolutely love to use their tasers on people or even a little pepper spray or mace would most likely have done the job here.
    I guess we'll have to wait for me details before I can pass judgement on this but they had better start releasing better information or there are going to be an awful lot of people calling for the head's of the officers involved. The bottom line so far is that there is something fishy going on here, like possibly trying to come up with a story that will justify this sh00ting in some way.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry Sewell

      Excellent work, Sherlocke Holmes! Haha – now I suppose you can tell us who shot JFK...?

      December 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MazeAndBlue

    Not much info as to what actually happen. Let's wait for updates.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      Black Bart connected with a right cross. Police connected right back with a 44 magnum. The first round goes to the police on points.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Elphaba

    I'm certainly no champion for the police departments, but you have to give some credit for any person who is willing to put that big target known as a police uniform on every day and do a job in which a lot of people will take a shot at you just because of the job you do. And don't say it happened on a university campus and not in the "real world". Many crazies have shot up college campuses in the last decade.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      that's BS. college campuses are usually very safe – probably safer than the neighborhood you live in......

      besides – dont like the risk – get a real job

      December 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Me

    go suk a dozen rods.......... im sure that will help make up your mind!

    December 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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