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CA Police Shoot Man With Knife; Officer Stabbed

CA Police Shoot Man With Knife; Officer Stabbed

San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

January 05, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police shot a knife-wielding man in a wheelchair Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed a police officer in the shoulder and slashed car tires.

A witness used his cell phone to capture the shooting on video, which shows four officers surrounding the suspect in his wheelchair. In the video, one of the officers shoots the suspect using a beanbag gun, and the suspect appears to throw the knife aside. A split second later the suspect is shot in the groin with a handgun.

Both the suspect and the wounded officer, neither of whom were named by police, were in stable condition Tuesday night at San Francisco General Hospital and their injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

“I want to make sure we put the video in context,” Police Chief George Gascón said at a news conference after releasing the video. "We have an individual acting violently. He had a knife. One of the officers has been stabbed.

“He appears to toss the knife” in the video, Gascón said, but officers are “reacting to the motion. What the officers are seeing and what is actually happening may be different.”

The 10:15 a.m. shooting at 10th and Howard streets began when officers were summoned to the San Francisco Department of Public Health building at 1380 Howard St., where a man apparently had been slashing tires on parked cars, witnesses say.

Police first used pepper spray to subdue the suspect, who at one point got out of his chair and walked around, Gascón said. While trying to control the suspect, one of the plainclothes officers who initially responded to the call was stabbed, police said. It was several minutes later before more police arrived at the scene.

Richard Sarraille, an employee at the Department of Public Health, said he saw the man in his wheelchair earlier in the morning in what he described as “a highly agitated state.” Sarraille said the bearded man, a Caucasian in his late 40s, was a regular visitor known to cause trouble at the building, which provides services for the mentally ill.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I read this article out loud to a friend of mine, interestiingly his comment was wow the guy was in a wheel chair. How many of us have seen people in these charis that didnt really need them, example, go to wal mart anyday and see people too fat or lazy to walk. Wheel chair or not, try and stab an innocent person, LEO or not, get the punishment you deserve, up to & including being shot. You come at me with a gun, I am coming back with two, you try to take my life I want to stop you and then take yours, its a simple easy way to deal with these types of people.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, this is liberal san francisco land. My comments may offend you, but this is what happens day to day in the city by bay. The most possible outcomes: all officers involved terminated; all officers charged with assault and other civil rights violations; the wheelchair suspect will get paid by the city and county of san francisco for his "pain and suffering"; more mentally disturbed a-holes will commit violent crimes on the citizens and the cops will have their hands tied to do anything about it. Sorry, but this is reality in the land of fruits and nuts. Chief Gascon is a good man but he is up against the gang of four, , lenin, stalin, che guevarra, fidel castro, black september, and of course the peoples republic of san francisco. No tasers for sfpd, most likely nerf batons and water pistols. Regardless, I still support my local SFPD.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Good job officers even though the suspect was in a wheelchair he still posed as a threat to the officers so they had to take the same action they would take if it was any other suspect. Hope the officer that was stabbed makes a full recovery.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for a full recovery for the officers. Now they need to institutionalize this menace!

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    over 3 years ago


    Praying for a quick and full recovery to the officer. I hope the investigation is completed quickly and the other officers are cleared. Right on with the brass backing the officers and explaining that just because a video sees everything doesn't mean an officer in a high stress incident does.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery to the officer. Sounds like a good shoot.

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Hope the officer makes a full recovery!!

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy recovery to the injured Officer. Good shoot to me as the POS had a knife, had already used it and wheelchair be damned he had already shown he could walk and did not need it. Shoot him!.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 3 years ago


    We wish the officer a speedy and full recovery, and I hope this situation turns out for the best.

  • Spd_max50


    over 3 years ago


    At least the brass is backing the officer's. too many times these days they are too concerned with P/R than backing their officers. Praying for a quick recovery to the Offcier

  • Bearcat_smoke-rgb_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Praying for a speedy recovery for the Officer

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Praying for a quick recovery for the Officer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    A speedy recovery to the officer.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Best wishes for a full recovery to the injured officer..

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