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Man Killed by BART, Oakland Officers Identified

Man Killed by BART, Oakland Officers Identified

San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

July 19, 2010

OAKLAND, CA – A man who was shot and killed on Saturday morning by Oakland and BART police officers after charging against them with knives in each hand was identified as 48-year-old Oakland resident Fred Collins.

Collins was shot multiple times after leading five officers on a chase that started at 8:15 a.m. a few blocks west of the BART Fruitvale Station and ended in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue.

Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason said Collins had been arrested in the past for prior incidents of assaults on officers, terrorist threats and resisting arrest. Collins had also been placed in psychological evaluation at least once for his involvement in those incidents, Thomason said.

The incident began when a 911 call alerted Oakland police to a man wielding a knife in the 3200 block of East 12th Street. BART officers also responded to the call because of the proximity to the Fruitvale Station.

Upon seeing the BART police officers approach him, one witness said, Collins began screaming “shoot me, shoot me, shoot me” and took off running, Thomason said.

Officers chased Collins and tried to stun and subdue him twice with a Taser. After the second attempt, Collins turned back and, holding a knife in each hand, launched himself toward one officer.

Officers responded by shooting Collins, who was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the officers was injured.

The Fruitvale Station was also where former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed 22-year-old Oscar Grant while placing him under arrest. Investigators believe there is no connection between that incident and Saturday’s shooting.


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    djs2v

    about 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Excellent job!

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Deadly force appears to be the only solution that would work in this instance after Tasering the subject( twice ) failed to stop him. Not happy the subject chose these actions that caused his own death, but glad no one else was hurt. Probably the best outcome for all involved .......

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    skascooter007

    about 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    Stay safe and TY

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    marine10311

    about 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    Great shoot! Glad to hear our brothers in blue are okay and going home at the end of their watch.

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    beejac

    about 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Good Job.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    GJ

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Well there is always a feeling of sorrow at the lost of human life. But..!! As this guy obviously had some serious mental issues, he left Officers with no other option other than to defend themselves with deadly force. GOOD JOB OFFICERS...!!!

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    AZmeangreen

    about 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    And the hits keep coming from Oakland...
    Looks like there was no other recourse on this one, good job. Most important thing is going home safe at the end of the day.

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    fraustr1

    about 4 years ago

    532 Comments

    "Great job to the officers...stay safe

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    42222 Comments

    Glad to hear Officers are ok. This one will be here for a while.

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    HEYSARGE

    about 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    This will get a lot news attention, just because of the recent events and the fact of where it happened. Sounds like they had a lot of witnesses and I hope it all works out..............

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    50400 Comments

    Glad no Officers were hurt and went home at the end of there shift. Sounds like a good shoot. Shame on the paper for bring up the Fruitvale Station accident.

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    USLawman1983

    about 4 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Job well done. Good guys go home to their families.
    Shame on the liberal media for trying to re-open the Mehserle-Grant wounds. Let it go, its over. Sheesh!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Based on the info provided in this article: Textbook use of deadly force.
    Glad the officers are ok.

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    Patrolman25

    about 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    Glad to hear the officers are safe!!

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