Man killed by BART police at Civic Center is identified 

The man shot and killed by BART police officers at the Civic Center station Sunday night has been identified as 45-year-old Charles Hill.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office  could not establish a city of residence for Hill.

Hill was shot by police on the Civic Center station platform around 9:45 p.m. He was armed with a bottle that he used as a weapon and a knife, according to BART officials.

BART officials estimate there are between 35 and 40 people who witnessed the shooting. All but 12 have been spoken too.

Video surveillance of Sunday’s fatal shooting on the Civic Center station platform by a BART officer is expected to be released when all 40 witnesses are interviewed, the transit agency’s police said Wednesday.

BART police officers were called to the station after someone reported a white man in a tie-dyed T-shirt and green military-style pants walking around “wobbly and appeared to be drunk.” Witnesses reported the man was carrying a bottle of alcohol.

Two BART officers arrived to the station by train around 9:45 p.m. About a minute later one of the officers, neither of whom have been identified, shot at Hill, striking him in the front torso. He died about an hour later at San Francisco General Hospital.

BART police have said the man had a bottle that was used as a weapon and a knife, but the initial call, Hartwig said, did not report the man to have a knife. A knife, though, was recovered on the platform.

One of the officers was equipped with a Taser, Hartwig said, but it is not known if the officer who fired on the man had the device.

Hartwig said BART officers are trained not to use their Tasers “in a life-threatening situation or a situation of eminent danger.”

All BART officers will be equipped with Tasers by Monday, Hartwig said.

This is the sixth officer-involved shooting in BART’s 40-year history that resulted in death or injury, according to the transit agency.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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