A homeless man who was shot by two officers after he was reportedly seen waving a knife in the Mission district Thursday morning has died, authorities confirmed.
The man died around 1 p.m. after undergoing surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, health spokesman Brent Andrew said.
The shooting occurred just after 10 a.m. in the 400 block of Shotwell Street, about a block from South Van Ness Avenue, Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters at the scene.
Suhr told reporters at the scene that officers first received a call about the man from a member of The City’s Homeless Outreach Team, who reported a man was waving a kitchen knife that had a 10- to 12-inch blade. The man had apparently lived on the block where the incident happened for the past couple months.
“This is all very, very, very preliminary,” Suhr said.
The man was reportedly “challenging” the officers, according to the police computer automated dispatch system. The officers first fired bean-bag rounds at the suspect, but shot him after he challenged them with the knife, Suhr said.
“It’s no less tragic event to event,” he said. “We have been working very, very hard to contend with folks with edged weapons.”
Gary Siegel, owner of nearby San Francisco Auto Repair Center, said he heard up to nine shots fired and saw a “body on the street” with a red shirt on.
Siegel added that he’s seen numerous people living in tents in the area where the incident occurred.
“It’s dirty, messy and smelly. Sometimes they fight,” Siegel said.
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