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Officer involved in fatal Market Street shooting also shot man in January

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Left: San Francisco police officers investigate the scene of a fatal shooting near Subway at Market and Mason streets on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Right: An image of Officer Kenneth Cha, pictured after Cha shot Sean Moore during a scuffle on his porch on Jan. 6, was shown by Interim Police Chief Toney Chaplin during a Jan. 18 news conference. Sources say Cha was also involved in Wednesday’s police shooting, in which 26-year-old Nicholas Flusche was killed. (All: Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A San Francisco police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a stabbing suspect on Market Street on Wednesday also shot and injured a man on his doorstep in Oceanview earlier this year, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Officer Kenneth Cha, who had until recently be assigned to Taraval Station before being transferred to Tenderloin, shot Sean Moore on Jan. 6 on his porch in the 500 block of Capitol Avenue after a scuffle between Moore, Cha and Officer Colin Patino. The incident was captured on body cameras and remains under investigation.

On Wednesday morning, Nicholas Flusche, 26, was shot by at least one officer near Mason and Market streets after officers on the scene reportedly saw him stabbing another man shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Market Street.

Multiple sources in the San Francisco Police Department confirmed that Cha was involved in Wednesday’s shooting.

Brian Pearlman, a deputy public defender with the Public Defender’s Office who is representing Moore, also said in court Thursday that the officer who shot his client also shot Flusche.

Pearlman confirmed that statement to the Examiner on Thursday and said he has reliable information that the officer is Cha.

“I have a source that I trust that has verified that it is Cha,” Pearlman said after the court hearing.

“It definitely troubles me,” he said of the revelation that Cha was involved another shooting so soon after the last incident. Pearlman, however, noted that he knows little about the shooting Wednesday.

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Police have said they will hold a town hall meeting to provide further information on the shooting within 10 days, and would neither confirm nor deny whether Cha was the officer involved in Wednesday’s shooting.

Regarding the Jan. 6 incident, police officials have contended that their officers acted with restraint against a violent man, and that images of the incident depicted in the video are not the complete story. The investigation into the shooting remains open.

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Police said Moore charged at the officers, but the video appears to show Cha moving toward Moore.

The footage of Cha shooting Moore was released first by the Public Defender’s Office, which it received as part of discovery from the District Attorney’s Office in its defense of Moore, who faces a number of charges in connection with the Jan. 6 incident.


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