Residents living on Funston Avenue near Golden Gate Park in the Inner Richmond district describe their block as safe and quiet, and their neighbors as private and friendly.
But that perception was altered Monday when all hell broke loose in a two-flat home on the 600 block of Funston. A 44-year-old man allegedly stabbed his elderly mother and father, the mom fatally, before he was shot and killed by a San Francisco police officer.
The stabbing marked the first homicide in the Richmond district this year.
At around 7:30 a.m., the officers responded to a call about the stabbings and found a 78-year-old man bleeding profusely in the doorway. He had stab wounds to his forearm and hands and is expected to survive, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
The officers then went upstairs and found a 78-year-old woman bloodied and seriously injured, with several stab wounds to her upper torso, police said. As they pulled the woman to safety, an armed man appeared and charged at the cops. He had a knife in each hand and was waving them over his head, Dangerfield 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 the elderly woman died from their wounds. The officers weren’t injured.
Police later identified the victims as the suspect’s mother and father. The cops also found the suspect’s sister, who was not hurt, hiding in a locked back room of the home. Police did not release the names of the suspect or the victims. A motive for the stabbings was not immediately known.
Neighbor Cathy Bille, 48, said a large Chinese family lives in the building and that one of them is mentally disabled. Bille said she 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.
Residents in the area described the block as tranquil. Tracy Passero, who used to live next door to the family before moving to a home nearby, said she had never heard of problems coming from the household.
“I think this neighborhood is really safe,” Passero said.
In an effort to calm worried residents, Police Chief Greg Suhr will hold a community meeting Tuesday at the Richmond Recreation Center at 251 18th Ave. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.
There have been six officer-involved shootings so far this year in San Francisco. There were 14 last year, according to police.
The Police Department’s internal affairs division and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating the circumstances around the shooting.
Officer-involved shootings since 2005
* To date
Source: San Francisco Police Department