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BART Handgun Scare Was Off-Duty Officer

Trains delayed Tuesday morning with report of man with a gun in his waistband.

Bay City News Service

Three BART trains were delayed Tuesday morning after a handgun sighting on a platform at the Pleasant Hill BART station caused a stir among morning commuters, police said.

BART police responded around 8 a.m. to a train operator's report of a man with a gun in his waistband at the station. Officers arrived on the platform with their guns drawn, giving some morning commuters a scare and causing three trains to be held as police investigated. After speaking with the man with the concealed gun, police learned that he was an off-duty police officer, BART police Lt. Aaron Ledford said.

"Once we determined that he was off-duty law enforcement, we released the trains," he said. The incident caused delays of up to 20 minutes, he said. Although it turned out there was no hazard to the public, Ledford credited the train operator who reported the weapon for his quick reaction in a potentially dangerous situation.

Josh Goldman December 28, 2012 at 08:11 AM
When u get robbed, I hope the cops laugh at you.
Josh Goldman December 28, 2012 at 08:14 AM
You are wrong. Fact is, cops who carry guns while not working are actually hidden cops protecting you. If something goes down such as you get robbed, this guy comes out of the shadows to save your dumb ass. What the cop did wrong was show his gun. If he shows his gun, he should have his badge right next to it as this is what undercover cops do. He should have covered it up completely with his jacket.
Josh Goldman December 28, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Actually, you are incorrect. There are holsters that go outside of your waist and there are undercover holsters that are designed to fit between the inside of your slacks and your underpants. Go to galls.com and take a look. This type of "inside the waist" holster is common amongst undercover cops.
Josh Goldman December 28, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Just about every undercover narc uses the inside the waistband holster. If you don't, you are being a very good undercover cop, are you?
Josh Goldman December 28, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Correct. A cop shoots to stop the threat. He/she shoots 2 shots to the body, 2 shots to the head, scans the environment for bystanders, then gets ready to shoot again if the threat is still standing (could have a bulletproof vest which is common in East Oakland gangs).

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