News media coverage of CSUSB officer-involved shooting, Dec. 10-11


Listed below is a summary of the news coverage related to the Dec. 8 officer-involved shooting at University Village, a Cal State San Bernardino student apartment complex on Northpark Boulevard.

Some of these news links may be duplicate items that were posted by other news outlets.

See also “CSUSB community expresses sadness over tragedy.”

Investigation Demanded in Grad Student’s Shooting
By OLSEN EBRIGHT and JACOB RASCON (also posted at
With online video
By Olsen Ebright and Jacob Rascon | Monday, Dec 10, 2012 | Updated 11:32 PM PST

A graduate student with a mental disorder was shot and killed over the weekend on the Cal State San Bernardino campus and now there are demands that the university look at how campus police treat those with mental disabilities.

All of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Bartholomew Williams were properly trained on how to deal with people suffering from mental disabilities, a campus police spokesperson said Monday. Even so, some students and leaders are questioning the effectiveness of that training.


Cal State San Bernardino student shooting: LA activists demand answers over deadly force
Includes online video
Monday, December 10, 2012

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) — The Los Angeles Civil Rights Association is demanding a fast-track investigation by the district attorney’s office into the shooting death of a California State University, San Bernardino, graduate student.

Campus police said they shot 38-year-old Bartholomew Williams on Saturday night during what they characterize as a violent altercation between Williams and three officers.


SAN BERNARDINO: Cal State knew student was troubled
Includes online video from Sunday’s news conference
BY BRIAN ROKOS STAFF WRITER December 10, 2012; 03:47 PM

The graduate student shot to death during a violent struggle with Cal State San Bernardino police officers was “on the radar” with a university committee that receives reports of mentally troubled students.

Bartholomew Williams, 38, was killed Saturday, Dec. 8, outside his apartment after he grappled for an officer’s baton, grabbed and used pepper spray, and then began kicking an officer in the head, San Bernardino city police officials said.

Williams’ mother told police that her son had been off his medication for bi-polar disorder for at least a week.


Report: Training, data-gathering lacking on shooting of mentally ill
The Press-Enterprise
Posted on December 10, 2012

As the investigation begins into the shooting of a mentally ill man who violently struggled with Cal State San Bernardino police, it’s worth reading a report published Monday, Dec. 10, by the Portland (Maine) Press Herald.

Five several fatal shootings of mentally ill people by Maine police in 2011 prompted the newspaper to examine law enforcement’s use of deadly force. (Link to the Portland Press Herald article.)

Some of the conclusions were that police were not always trained to deal with mentally ill people and that there was little data collected on such shootings to determine whether there was a problem.

And no one seemed to want to take leadership of the issue.


Cal State San Bernardino police knew of prior disturbances involving grad student
The Sun
Also appeared in other Los Angeles News Group and Bay Area News Group newspapers.
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/10/2012 10:51:08 AM PST

Three Cal State San Bernardino police officers involved in Saturday’s fatal shooting of a graduate student were aware that officers had encountered the man twice that morning on reports of disturbances.

Cal State spokesman Sid Robinson said one of the officers had contacted Bartholomew Williams, 38, in the two earlier incidents and that Williams had calmed down when he and police parted ways.


Grad student killed by campus police was bipolar
San Jose Mercury News/The Associated Press
Wire service report was picked up nationwide by numerous news outlets

By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press
Posted: 12/10/2012 12:08:42 PM PST
Updated: 12/10/2012 01:46:14 PM PST

LOS ANGELES—A graduate student who was shot to death during a furious struggle with campus police at California State University, San Bernardino, had a long history of mental illness and had stopped taking his medication at least a week earlier but hadn’t appeared to be violent, authorities said Monday.

Bartholomew Williams, 38, was shot five times on Saturday night while battling three officers who had tried to handcuff him and take him away for a mental evaluation after he appeared irrational, said Sgt. Gary Robertson of the city Police Department, which is handling the shooting investigation.

Williams mother told Robertson that her son had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 17 years ago, the sergeant said.

“She said she believed he’d been off his medication for a week at least and had not been taking it frequently for the last two to three months,” he said.


Student slain in officer-involved shooting, campus shaken
Re-post of its Dec. 10 article — a roundup up of three separate incidents — and includes online audio with Dr. Morales comments from the Sunday news conference.
Dec. 11, 2012

INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Officer-involved shootings have left two people dead, but a suspect in another avoided capture.

A graduate student at Cal State San Bernardino was killed late Saturday in a confrontation with campus police. Officers had responded to a disturbance call at an off-campus student housing complex when they encountered Bartholomew Williams in a dorm hallway.


Bartholomew Williams Killed In Altercation With California State University Campus Police
The Huffington Post | By William McGuinness
Posted: 12/10/2012 2:36 pm EST | Updated: 12/10/2012 3:00 pm EST

Campus police officers at California State University San Bernardino shot and killed Bartholomew Williams, a 38-year-old graduate student in an altercation in the hallway of Williams’s off-campus dormitory, hours after the school’s December graduation ceremony, according to the Press-Enterprise.

Lt. Paul Williams of the City of San Bernardino Police Department — which is now investigating the incident — told the newspaper that Williams retreated farther into the building upon officers’ arrival and acted violently toward them. Police report that baton strikes and pepper spray failed to subdue Williams. Two officers then shot at Williams, who was hit once in the torso. He was declared dead at the scene, according to KSEE24.


Use Of Lethal Force Questioned In Police Killing Of CSU San Bernardino Student
NeonTommy (Annenberg Digital News, USC)
Paresh Dave | December 10, 2012 | 1:47 p.m. PST
Executive Director

A civil rights activist called for a swift investigation into whether California State University police on the San Bernandino campus were justified in shooting and killing a mentally unstable graduate student.

Police shot Bartholomew Williams five times after struggling with officers on Saturday night during his third interaction with campus police that day. Williams is said to have resisted handcuffing, grabbed pepper spray out of an officer’s hands, attempted to get a hold of an officer’s baton and kicked an officer who was down on the ground. The 38-year-old Williams had bipolar disorder and was likely off his medication, reports have said.


Cal State graduate student fatally shot by campus police, report says
CBSNews (Pickup of KCSB report)
December 10, 2012 2:54 PM

(CBS) – Authorities have identified the graduate student who was shot and killed by California State University, San Bernardino police on Saturday during a fight at an off-campus dorm, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Bartholomew Williams, 38, was killed at a student housing complex after getting into a physical confrontation with campus police, according to the San Bernardino Police Department.


Calif. Campus Police Shoot Bipolar Student During Struggle
Campus Safety Magazine, links back to Dec. 9 P-E story
December 10, 2012

SAN BERNADINO, Calif. — California State University San Bernardino police fatally shot a bipolar graduate student outside his apartment Saturday, after he fought with authorities in a brawl that lasted up to 10 minutes.

Throughout the day, police officers were summoned to 38-year-old Bartholomew Williams’ apartment, which he shared with three other male students. He was behaving erratically, The Press Enterprise reports. When three officers arrived at Williams’ residence for a third time to take him into custody for psychological evaluation, he grappled for an officer’s baton, grabbed and used pepper spray and kicked an officer in the head.

Also picked up by


Cal State Student Shot By Police
(includes online video that is B-roll with an interview with SBPD at 1:35 mark)
KMVT 11 l KTWT14 Twin Falls, Idaho

By Paul Johnson
Story Created: Dec 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM MST
Story Updated: Dec 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM MST

San Bernardino, California (CNN) – California authorities are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting of a graduate student at California State University. Campus police in San Bernardino responded to a disturbance Saturday night at an off-campus dormitory. Investigators say 38-year-old grad student Bartholomew Williams became aggressive with police. “They contacted him in the hallway of his dorm.


Student killed by CSU police
The Daily Titan (Cal State Fullerton)

A graduate student at Cal State San Bernardino was fatally shot Saturday after resisting arrest, police said Sunday afternoon.

According to the San Bernardino Sun, Bartholomew Williams, 38, was reportedly shot five times by campus police following an altercation in which he demonstrated what police called “super-human strength.”

Mildred Garcia, the president of Cal State Fullerton, has sent an email expressing solidarity with San Bernardino, and urged students to rest assured that CSUF is “very focused” on the safety of its students.


College Student Shot and Killed by Campus Police in California
WBNG 12 News, Johnson City, NY, links back to Dec. 9 article in The Sun
December 10, 2012
Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 5:24 PM EST

A tragic story from California over the weekend.

According to a report from the San Bernardino County Sun, a 38-year-old graduate student at Cal State San Bernardino was fatally shot by campus police officers during a physical altercation on Saturday night.