San Francisco Officer Shoots Man In Wheelchair After Getting Stabbed

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – A man in a wheelchair was shot after he allegedly stabbed a San Francisco police officer in the city’s South of Market District Tuesday morning, a police spokesman said.

The shooting happened at about 10:15 a.m. after officers responded to a report of a man vandalizing city vehicles in front of the San Francisco Behavioral Health Services building near 10th and Howard streets, San Francisco police Officer Eric Chiang said.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was in a wheelchair but was not confined to it, Chiang said.

“He was seen up and moving about a number of times,” he said.

Police Chief George Gascon said officers unsuccessfully tried to subdue the man with pepper spray and a bean bag round before the shooting.

Gascon used the incident to again call for Tasers for the department, saying the weapons could be very helpful in situations like this one. 

“This is a continuation of a problem that we have, because of the lack of a very useful tool that is not in the arsenal of the San Francisco Police Department,” said Gascon.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

The suspect had a rock and knife in his hand and was slashing the tires of some city vehicles in the area, Chiang said. He did not know what the man’s motive was for vandalizing the cars.

Following some sort of altercation, the man stabbed one of the officers and then was shot with a less-than-lethal beanbag weapon, Chiang said. When the suspect did not surrender, he was also shot with a handgun, he said.

Chiang did not know if the officer who was stabbed was the one who shot the suspect.

The officer and the suspect were taken separately to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Chiang said.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. Lemonaid says:

    STOP BREAKING THE LAW WHEELCHAIR DUDE!

  2. Victor says:

    I think that officer is a hero after he shot that wheelchair guy for stabbing him

  3. Jed says:

    Another low life collecting SSI and soaking up welfare benefits from the tax payers of this fine city. Too bad the cops didn’t kill him.

  4. Gary Steele says:

    Your altruism at work. You will continue to pay for the upkeep of this faker in a wheelchair. Hello! Gaming the system anyone?

  5. John says:

    Couldn’t they have just shot out one of his tires instead?

    1. indigo says:

      ya damn hippie!! If you were stabbed, would you REALLY just disable his chair?

  6. D says:

    You don’t stab a cop. Our jobs are hard enough, jeez.

  7. Kathleen says:

    How many police does it take to stop one mentally disabled person in a wheelchair? This is absurd & excessive use of force. Why couldn’t one or two officers have been in front of the suspect & another come up behind & grab his arms, pinning his arms back & requiring him to drop the knife.

    The police don’t know how to stop anyone except with a bullet. A guy in a wheel chair. OK, so he’s over the edge & is slashing tires. It sure seems to me the police should be able to stop someone in a wheelchair without shooting them.

    1. Sofa Kingdom says:

      He’s not mentally disabled. He’s just an African American.

    2. indigo says:

      Kathleen, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Let me shine some light on your skewed judgments. There are more scuzzballs in this city than you can shake a stick at, and until you have experienced the underbelly of society first hand, like the civil-servants do (police, Fire, EMS Services etc,) you don’t have a valid “protect-the-dirtbags” leg to stand on. YOUR tax dollars enable these leeches to abuse the system, making services less available to valid issues/emergencies. Put down your $5 Blue Bottle Latte, park your Land Rover and ask to do a ride along one day. EDUCATE yourself before you judge.

  8. Kathleen says:

    Chief Gascon & others defending the police are absurd & ridiculous. GET REAL. RE-TRAIN YOUR POLICE from military tactics to a force that knows what being a peace officer is.
    After having been disabled for over 10 years, I am convinced the police are ill trained & ill prepared to deal with anyone with sleep deprivation issues; & they certainly lack any ability to deal with those suffering from mental illness in a peaceful manner.
    Most of the police act like “hot” dogs, you do what I say, or I’ll shoot you; shoot first, ask questions later; a dead man can’t talk; but the officers & their chiefs will always defend them as their lives were in danger.
    Let’s see in this case, we have atleast 2 officers with 1 gun each, a billy club, hand cuffs, radio support, & one wheelchair bound person with a knife. Surely they could have come up with a better solution than to shoot.

    1. Reese says:

      Kathleen, Get some education before you make the most dumb comments. You do not have a clue.

  9. Disgusted says:

    KEYSTONE COPS with guns! Real peace officers don’t act like frightened rabbits. Or maybe they are just LYING about being in “fear for their lives” by a seated guy in a wheelchair. However you slice ‘n dice it, the cops story just does NOT support shooting the man. Maybe SF cops need to get trained by the London ‘Bobbies’ – instead of acting like boobies.

  10. s says:

    kathleen & disgusted- both of you need the shut the hell up. first of all, the guy in the wheelchair was faking it (kathleen- learn to read. he was NOT CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR). if you don’t think he was faking it, then clearly you are not from SF. homeless, crazy people fake being in wheelchairs quite frequently here. i see it everyday. they can walk just fine but they use it for sympathy to get money from stupid people like you.
    second of all, HE STABBED A COP. obviously subduing him was harder than you both would like to think. i’d like to see either of you put in that situation and see how you would react. anyone who assaults a cop deserves what they get. cops put their lives on the line for us everyday so that we don’t get stabbed by crazy homeless people. show a little appreciation.. or better yet, how about we just let the cops know not to help you two out next time you need them?
    oh and in case you missed it, they didn’t kill him. they did not shoot to kill or else he would be dead but, lo and behold, he’s not so quit your whining.
    kathleen- sleep deprivation is not a mental illness. why should cops have to learn to deal with your issues? how do you know they aren’t sleep deprived? you sound like an idiot. i hope next time you need help from the cops, they don’t show up since clearly you don’t appreciate them anyways.

  11. Kathleen says:

    S is offensive & not worth any reply, but to those who don’t know, the symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation can be: depression, anxiety, paranoia, and irritability. S appears to be suffering from these symptoms.
    I frequently represent myself in legal issues & have prevailed numerous times, so, stupid is not a word that describes me correctly.
    When honest citizens do call the cops, instead of protecting citizens, they often start accusing the person who called for help.
    S is obviously one of those irate cops who direly needs retraining to learn to respect all persons, even those you don’t like or disagree with

    1. Franklin says:

      Kathleen, this statement shows your true colors,”I frequently represent myself in legal issues & have prevailed numerous times”. Your just bummed because you didn’t think of it first…That sure would be a big pay day. Get a life hoser!

  12. TO KATHLEEN says:

    Kathleen, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Let me shine some light on your skewed judgments. There are more scuzzballs in this city than you can shake a stick at, and until you have experienced the underbelly of society first hand, like the civil-servants do (police, Fire, EMS Services etc,) you don’t have a valid “protect-the-dirtbags” leg to stand on. YOUR tax dollars enable these leeches to abuse the system, making services less available to valid issues/emergencies. Put down your $5 Blue Bottle Latte, park your Land Rover and ask to do a ride along one day. EDUCATE yourself before you judge.

  13. Kathleen says:

    s & TO KATHLEEN
    when I first commented only 2-3 short paragraphs appeared, and there wasn’t any detail about anyone faking it. So stop your judgemental attitude about others.
    To the one who is too chicken to use his own name & used TO KATHLEEN, boy are you ever off base, $5 latte, Land Rover & etc. I drive a 21 year old well maintained vehicle, do not drink coffee or latte, and struggle on limited income regularly.
    I know about the underbelly of society first hand, for I myself have sufferred and known others to have suffered from criminal activity.
    My family has been in this state for over 100 years; I have over 35 years experience dealing with the police in the Bay Area, SF included, & indeed they have changed.
    Educate yourself to the fact that our police are trained in military tactics & have been for the last 20 years. They often use these military tactics on common everyday citizens, whether they are a threat or not. Not all cops are bad, just like not all apples are bad. Same is true for the “suspects”, where any warm nearby body will do as a suspect.
    You two are the ones who have no idea what you are talking about or who you are talking to. It is impolite to tell anyone to shut up, learn some manners if you want to continue to post, for you can be reported as abusive, particularly to the elderly & disabled.

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