Family of man killed by police in April filing claim against SF

The family of a man who was shot and killed by police officers in the Mission District in April is filing a claim against San Francisco, the family’s attorney said Thursday.

The family of Luis Pat Gongora, 45, is filing the claim following his death in the officer-involved shooting shortly after 10 a.m. on April 7 in the area of Shotwell Street near 18th Street.

The claim is the first step toward filing a civil lawsuit, according to the office of civil rights attorney John Burris, who is representing the family.

Police said Gongora ran at the officers with the knife, prompting two other officers to fire seven shots at him, six of which hit him, police said. Gongora was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but died a short time later.

But according to Burris, none of the witnesses or officers said Gongora was acting aggressively or doing anything menacing with the knife when police first arrived.

Police identified the two officers who shot their service weapons at Gongora as Sgt. Nate Steger, who has 17 years of law enforcement experience, and Officer Michael Mellone, who has 13 years’ experience.

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