San Francisco Police Kill Man with Replica Gun

Posted by Seth Chazin | Jan 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bb 20gun

On January 4, San Francisco police officers killed a man that pulled out what turned out to be a replica gun while allegedly trespassing on restricted property in front of the Mission Police Station. The man was 32 years old and the shooting occurred just outside the station.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr claimed the man had walked into the parking lot, which was explicitly marked as restricted to the public although the gate is open to allow vehicles to come in and out.

Suhr stated, “It is not uncommon for the public to enter the area, so three officers told the man to leave and got into their patrol car. But the suspect did not leave.” They found this odd and approached him and asked him to leave again. “He went to his waistband, where there was the butt of a gun, and drew a weapon. Two sergeants fired and hit him three times,” Suhr explained.

The gun was later found to be an airsoft or BB gun. The man was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he died Sunday evening.

The man was not identified, but Suhr said the man had approached some officers earlier that day and asked them about what type of weapons they carry.  The officers were unharmed and were granted over a week of administrative leave.

There were several witnesses that saw and heard the incident on Sunday night. That evening, many residents in the neighborhood and passersby gathered at the crime scene. Residents fear that this may lead to either bad relations between the police and community or proliferation of police-involved deaths such as occurred in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City.

The man that was killed did not seem to pose harm to the officers. Instead of immediately shooting the man, they could have used numerous alternative strategies and law enforcement techniques. The police these days are taking drastic measures when faced with the slightest challenges. Instead of resorting to violence, officers need to make every effort to avoid using lethal force. This must be used only as an absolute last resort.

About the Author

Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 25 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

The Law Office

Chazin logo new dark

Seth P. Chazin is a San Francisco Bay Area Criminal Defense Lawyer with over 30 years experience.

Super Lawyer

Superlawyercapture orig compressor

Seth P. Chazin is recognized by Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This recognition is earned only by the top 5% of attorneys in the state. The selection process for Super Lawyers has many steps and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. To learn more about the selection process, click here.