Brother: Shooter was friend of slain transit cop

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 1:33 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A brother of a San Francisco Bay Area transit officer who accidentally shot and killed a colleague says the two men were friends and golfing partners.

John Maes told KTVU-TV (http://bit.ly/1lk4Lld ) on Monday night that his brother, Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Michael Maes, is remorseful and sad about the shooting of Sgt. Tom Smith.

Investigators have not revealed whether Maes's weapon discharged accidentally during the Jan. 21 shooting or if he mistook Smith for someone else.

The shooting occurred while officers were searching an apartment in Dublin, Calif., for items stolen during an armed holdup at a commuter train station.

John Maes said he hasn't asked his brother how the shooting happened. He said his brother is not a reckless person and always wants to do the right thing.

The family plans to attend Smith's funeral on Wednesday.

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