Campus Police Kill Bipolar Graduate Student

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California State University-San Bernadino police on Saturday shot to death an unarmed black graduate student who suffered from a bipolar disorder. The student was shot during a fight with police inside a campus building.

The university police fired five shots at Bartholomew Williams, 38, fatally wounding him with a bullet to the chest, Lt. Paul Williams, spokesman for the San Bernardino Police Department, tells The NorthStar News & Analysis. The incident occurred during a struggle in the hallway of one of the school's housing units, according to Lt. Williams, who is investigating the shooting.

Williams, an Oregon native, was working on his second master's degree in educational technology, Sid Robinson, a Cal State San Bernardino spokesman, tells The NorthStar News.

"He had enrolled in graduate school in the summer of 2011," Robinson said. Williams took one course during the fall semester, which ended on Friday.

Lt. Williams said three university police officers had been called to University Village, a housing complex where Williams lived, after someone complained that he was causing a disturbance. It was not clear what the disturbance involved. It was the third call campus police received that day involving Williams, Lt. Williams said.

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