An Asian man who stabbed two elderly relatives, one fatally, in a Richmond district home Monday morning was shot and killed by San Francisco police after he allegedly charged at them with two knives, police said.
Two officers responding to the call around 7:30 a.m. found an elderly man bleeding profusely in the doorway of the unit 636 Funston Ave. He had stab wounds to his forearm and hands and was expected to survive, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
The officers then went upstairs and found an elderly woman bloodied and seriously injured, cops said. As they pulled the woman to safety, a 44-year-old knife-weilding Asian man appeared and charged at the cops. He had a knife in each hand, and was waving them over his head, police said.
One officer fired a beanbag at the man, but it did nothing to stop him, Dangerfield said. The second officer then shot the man with his firearm, hitting him in the upper body.
The suspect and victims were transported to the hospital. Both the suspect and elderly woman died. The officers weren't injured.
The officers found an Asian woman hiding in a back room. She was not hurt, police said.
Neighbor Cathy Bille, 48, said a "bunch of Chinese people" live in the building and that one of them is mentally-disabled.
Bille said she doesn't get along with the residents, but hadn't heard of any disputes coming from the home before Monday's incident. Bille said the residents have lived in the building for many years.
A motive for the stabbings was not immediately known. Polive have not said how the suspect was related to the victims.
Residents in the area say the block is typically quiet and the neighbors friendly. Tracy Passero, who once lived next door to the home where the stabbings occurred, said that folks are very private and that she also never heard of problems coming from the household.
Passero said she hopes the incident was isolated. She said that while the neighborhood is typically safe, she is wary of transients coming out of Golden Gate Park.
Police Chief Greg Suhr came to the crime scene. He will hold a community meeting about the incident Tuesday at the Richmond Recreation Center at 251 18th Ave. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.