Nicholas Flusche, a 26-year-old man shot and killed Wednesday by San Francisco police while he allegedly stabbed another man, was from a Texas suburb and had recently relocated to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.
Flusche was fatally shot by an officer shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Market Street after he was seen by foot patrol officers allegedly stabbing another man. The stabbing victim was hospitalized but released Wednesday night.
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Flusche’s family, who lives in a suburb north of Dallas, set up a GoFundMe campaign for his funeral but have said little publicly about his death.
“As the deceased’s uncle, it’s not my place to speak. Therefore I have no comment,” said Carl Flusche, who would say little more about his nephew.
The GoFundMe page posted by Carl Flusche reads, “Please help the Phillip Flusche family with their funeral and transportation expenses after the tragic loss of their oldest son – Nicholas.”
Stan Endres, the city manager of Muenster, Texas, said Flusche’s family had moved to the small town north of Dallas from Decator, Texas, about a decade ago. “I saw him play basketball,” Endres said of Nicholas Flusche.
Nicholas Flusche attended Texas State University in San Marcos near Austin and had previously worked for a home security company, according to a friend from Texas who did not want to be identified..
That same friend said Flusche had moved to the Bay Area to start a fitness and nutrition business.
Alex Skokowski, 26, who lived with Flusche for about a year and a half when they were attending Texas State University, said he had not heard from his former roommate since there graduating in 2015.
But the news of Flusche’s death came as a surprise to Skokowski, who said Flusche was seen as a leader for the seven-person house.
“Nick was always the person who was trying to solve problems,” said Skokowski, who said the report that Flusche allegedly stabbed another person was hard to believe.
“That doesn’t sound like Nick at all. He was a great dude,” he said. “He was a southern gentleman.”
Skokowski said Flusche studied business and was always highly motivated and full of ideas. The last big idea he had was to find funding for a project that would solve baldness —Flusche was going bald himself, said Skokowski.
Meanwhile, police said Thursday it is department policy to release the name of an officer involved in a shooting within 10 days of the incident.
“Loss of life is tragic, doesn’t matter how it happens, it’s tragic,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told reporters after the shooting Wednesday. “These things, we try to avoid them as much as we can, but we have an obligation to protect the public.”
Scott provided few details Wednesday about what led to the shooting.
“In the course of intervening, one of the officers discharged a firearm,” Scott said.
Police have said they will hold a town hall meeting to provide further information on the shooting within 10 days.
S.F. Examiner Staff Writer Michael Barba and Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
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