San Francisco Police Shoot, Kill Suspect In City’s Bayview Neighborhood

A suspect shot by police Wednesday in San Francisco’s Bayview District has died, police Chief Greg Suhr said.

The incident was initially reported by San Francisco Municipal Railway officials at 4:50 p.m. as police activity near Third Street and Paul Avenue.

The suspect, a man in his 20s whose name has not yet been released, was involved in an earlier stabbing nearby, according to police.

In a press conference following the shooting, Chief Suhr said the suspect didn’t respond when officers shot him with bean bags.

“They deployed the standard bean bag gun several times.  He did not drop the weapon,” Suhr said.  Officers fired a second round of bean bags at the suspect, but he again failed to respond to officers’ commands to drop his weapon.

“This suspect had already shown by committing a felony aggravated assault that he was a danger to others, so he could not be allowed to move away from the scene,” Suhr said.

A video posted to the social media site Instagram, apparently filmed by a bystander aboard a Muni vehicle, appears to show a man limping on the sidewalk and surrounded by police officers.

WARNING: The video is graphic.


In the video, someone urges the man to “just drop it,” then seconds later a number of shots ring out.

Another video of the incident was posted to Twitter.

The officer-involved shooting comes as the San Francisco Police Commission was considering policies this evening for body-worn cameras by the Police Department’s officers.

The cameras, not yet worn by officers, are slated to be deployed in San Francisco sometime in 2016.


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