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BREAKING: Eye Witness Account of Police Shooting Homeless Man in SF Mission

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San Francisco (CA) – A disturbing eye witness account of police officers shooting a homeless man between 18th and 19th streets on Shotwell this morning in the Mission District. The man who was known to local residents and was shot with both a ‘rifle’ and ‘pistol’ several times by police officers while at least one local resident watched.  Police are claiming that the man was armed with a knife, was shot by a non-lethal bean bag rifle before being shot several times with an actual firearm, and the man was taken to SFGH in ‘very critical condition’.

Here is the eyewitness account of a resident who watched the whole thing from his window.

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SFPD has confirmed their involvement, closed the street and have spoken with reporters:

It’s not clear if the police’s account of the incident contradicts the eyewitness.  The Police claim the man was armed with a knife, and that they shot first with non-lethal bean bags.  They also claim that the man did not die on site and is currently in critical condition.


Two more witnesses of the shooting claim the victim did not speak English, was nonviolent and was not carrying or waiving a knife at the time of the incident.  They say he had a knife hanging from his belt at the time of the shooting.

Update 6:15pm

Man shot by police has officially died of his wounds at SF General Hospital, Police announce investigation of officer involved

Update: April 8th

surveillance video of police arriving on scene and opening fire.  Their target is not in frame. Video shows that it takes officers 12 second from when they exit their vehicles to when they open fire on the suspect.


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