SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Kevin Epps, a filmmaker arrested by San Francisco police on suspicion of homicide Monday, has been released due to a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors.
Epps, 48, was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in a home in the 100 block of Addison Street where officers found a victim suffering from gunshot wounds around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Epps was arrested later that day on suspicion of homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He was released Tuesday according to Max Szabo, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, who said there is insufficient evidence to charge the case at this time.
The case remains under investigation, however.
The son of the homicide victim confirmed to KPIX 5 that his father was killed and that his step-father Epps, was arrested at the scene.
San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Monday Epps was arrested for homicide and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Paramedics responded to the home, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Marcus Polk Jr., the son of the homicide victim, identified his deceased father as Marcus Polk Sr.
He said his father was homeless and did not live with his family, but would sometimes show up at the house unannounced, often angering his stepfather, Epps.
He described an acrimonious history between the suspect and the victim.
When Marcus Polk Sr. showed up on Monday, he apparently said something to Epps.
According to Marcus Jr., Epps opened fire, killing Marcus Sr.
“He showed up out of the blue today and from what I’ve been told, he made a comment that ‘she doesn’t really like you,'” Marcus Jr. said Monday. “I think that’s what did it. And he shot a man in the back.”
Epps is best known for his acclaimed 2003 documentary film Straight Outta Hunters Point that looked at the struggle of young black men trying to survive in one of San Francisco’s most dangerous neighborhoods. His subsequent films included Rap Dreams — a documentary about the Bay Area hip hop scene — and the 2009 look at the experience of black prisoners on Alcatraz Island entitled Black Rock.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet confirmed the identity of the deceased victim, but police said the man was in his 40s and suffered an apparent gunshot wound.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.
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