El Cerrito del Norte BART station closed following officer-involved shooting

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EL CERRITO, Calif. (KRON) — Bart police have reported an officer-involved shooting at the El Cerrito del Norte station in El Cerrito.

BART police say the officers were responding to an argument between a man and a woman on the train Saturday afternoon and they were forced to shoot the man.

“The officers got onto the platform, challenged that individual who then ran down the train on the platform and then onto our track way at which point a gun was produced by the suspect that our officers shot,” BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez said.

It’s still unclear how many shots were fired. 

The suspect suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to the hospital.

“I have a young child who is male and African American and seeing the body of an African American male laying face down on the tracks was devastating,” Melanie Turner said.

Turner witnessed the shooting and said it was frightening and traumatic ordeal. She hopes the investigation provides more clarity.

The station has been closed since the incident.

BART police confirmed they recovered a gun at the scene.

There is no estimated time on when the station will resume service.

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