SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police shot and injured a man who pulled out a large knife, all of which was captured on a bystander's cellphone video.
Officers were called out to the Tenderloin district Monday just before 10:30 p.m. to Jones Street in front of the police station.
Officers said they had received calls about the man who had been threatening people with a knife, so they walked outside and took a look.
A neighbor who lives above the street captured the scene on his cell phone. The video shows police telling the man to put down his knife.
Another cell phone video captured an officer saying something like: "Sit down and talk to us."
In one of the videos, the man appeared confused and he is holding a crate. Instead of obeying commands, he pulled out a knife in his right hand and started to walk away, the video shows.
Within seconds, police fired their weapons. Multiple shots rang out. The man dropped to the ground, writhing in the middle of the street.
The video then shows him being loaded onto a gurney in an ambulance. He was bleeding.
Police said that from the time officers arrived to the time the man was shot totaled 17 minutes.
San Francisco police officers shoot a man holding a knife. Aug. 28, 2023 Courtesy: Jayda Brown
Sgt. Kathryn Winters said she can't "speak directly to what led them to make the decision to use deadly force."
However, Winters said that officers did believe the man was a threat and that officers had tried to de-escalate the situation.
"The Tenderloin is a priority for us," Winters said. "Those families deserve to live in a safe and secure environment. And the police department is comitted to that mission… for families and everyone who lives there."
Jayda Brown, who lives nearby and shot some of the video, said there is often police activity in the Tenderloin.
In this case, Brown said he felt like the man was posing a threat.
"I'm just frustrated and angry in general at all of it," Brown said. "It's sad. It's really said. I'm frustrated and angry, all of those feelings. This is just another day in the Tenderloin. And it shouldn't be."
The man was taking to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
There four separate investigations into the officer-involved shooting, including one by the district attorney's office and the Department of Police Accountability.
The police department said it will hold a town hall in 10 days to provide more information on the shooting.