CSUSB community expresses sadness over tragedy

Photo of Bartholomew Williams

Photo of Bartholomew Williams

Cal State San Bernardino officials expressed their sadness and sympathy following an altercation at a campus residential housing unit shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The San Bernardino Police Department, which is heading the investigation, issued this information Saturday:

California State San Bernardino University Police Officers responded to the University Village student housing complex regarding a disturbance involving the suspect, 38-year-old graduate student Bartholomew Williams. Officers made contact with Williams in the hallway of his dorm. During the contact Williams became aggressive and an altercation occurred. Officers fearing for their safety fired their weapon striking Williams. Williams was pronounced deceased at the scene. One officer received medical treatment at an area hospital for non-life threatening injury.

“This is a tragic day for the Cal State San Bernardino community. Words cannot express how truly saddened we are at this time. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew him,” said CSUSB President Tomás Morales.

“This also is a very difficult time for our University Police Department and the three officers who responded to the scene and performed their best to assure the safety of the campus community,” Morales said. “Our hearts and prayers go out to these officers and their families. This is an unprecedented event at CSUSB, one in which reaches all corners of university family.”

Cal State San Bernardino, which operates an accredited Student Health and Psychological Center on campus, is offering counseling services and support to those affected by this event.

The university is working closely with the San Bernardino Police Department to determine the circumstances that led to this unfortunate tragedy.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Flesher at (909) 384-5655 or Sergeant Robertson at (909) 841-5361.

Williams was a graduate student majoring in educational-instructional technology.  He was enrolled in one course during the recent fall quarter, which ended Friday. He began taking courses at CSUSB in summer 2011.

For more information, contact Sid Robinson at (909) 227-9589 and visit the CSUSB news website at news.csusb.edu.