A man who allegedly charged San Francisco police officers waving a hammer was killed late Wednesday night when one of the officers opened fire, authorities said.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said dispatch got a call of a domestic dispute at around 9:40 p.m.
“Dispatch received a call from a male caller saying he had just stabbed his brother-in-law and another male voice could be heard in the background saying ‘Please help me, I’m bleeding,’” Suhr said. “Officers were on the scene within a minute. “
Arriving officers at the home in the 900 block of De Haro Street saw the stabbing victim sitting in one doorway and a man emerging from another doorway in the building.
The latter was carrying a hammer that he allegedly raised as he approached the officers.
Authorities said the man refused orders to drop the hammer and continued toward the officers in a threatening manner.
“He continued his advance and one of the officers opened fire on the suspect,” Suhr said. “The suspect did not survive his injuries.”
Suhr told reporters that witnesses have corroborated the officers’ description of the events, but that the shooting remained under investigation.
The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital and was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The incident remains under investigation and is being investigated by the SF District Attorney’s Office, Office of Citizen Complaints, SFPD Internal Affairs Criminal, Administrative Divisions and the homicide detail.
The officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave which is standard protocol.
Anyone with information is asked to contact San Francisco Police Investigators or may remain anonymous at 415-575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message.
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