Officer exonerated in Stanley Wong shooting death

SAN MATEO — The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office has found no wrongdoing in the officer-involved shooting death of Stanley Wong, officials said Wednesday.

Wong, 49, was shot and killed Sept. 4 by a San Mateo Police officer in an altercation in a parking lot at the corner of East Fifth Avenue and B Street. District Attorney Jim Fox concluded Wednesday that criminal charges against the officer were not warranted, based on the results of a lengthy investigation by the District Attorney’s office and the San Mateo Police Department.

The investigation found the officer was called to the Central Market in San Mateo, where Wong was attempting to fight with a customer, according to a written statement from Fox.

Wong, shouting and holding a knife with the blade extended, stepped toward the officer and did not comply when he was ordered to drop the weapon.

“It was fairly obvious that there was not criminal culpability,” Deputy District Attorney SteveWagstaffe said. “He first tried yelling, and then tried the taser, and then unfortunately used lethal force.”

Toxicology reports show that Wong’s blood alcohol level was .20, three times the legal limit, although it’s unclear whether his intoxication prevented the officer’s taser from having an effect, according to Wagstaffe.

“In view of the unexplained, bizarre behavior of Mr. Wong toward people in the vicinity … public safety required the officer to use deadly force to protect himself and the citizens of San Mateo,” according to Fox.

No San Mateo County police officer has been brought up on criminal charges after an officer-involved shooting in Fox’s 24-year tenure, though a handful of officers have been prosecuted on charges of beating subjects, according to Wagstaffe.

The District Attorney’s office typically sees officer-involved fatalities every three to four years, except in 2005, when there were five such cases.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays attends an event to honor the San Francisco Giants' 2014 World Series victory on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Willie Mays turns 90: San Francisco celebrates the greatest Giant

By Al Saracevic Examiner staff writer I couldn’t believe it. Willie Mays… Continue reading

Ja’Mari Oliver, center, 11, a fifth grader at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, is surrounded by his classmates at a protest outside the Safeway at Church and Market streets on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in support of him following an April 26 incident where he was falsely accused by an employee of stealing. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
School community rallies behind Black classmate stopped at Safeway

‘When you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us’

A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA to resume ‘poverty tows’ amid calls to make temporary ban permanent

Fines and fees hurt low-income, homeless residents, but officials say they are a necessary tool

Income from Shared Spaces will provide financial resources to the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency, according to its director, Jeffrey Tumlin. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA director says Shared Spaces serves transit agency’s financial interest

$10.6 million price tag for program raises concerns among transit agency’s board members

A broad coalition of tenants and housing rights organizers rally at Stanley Mosk Courthouse to protest eviction orders issued against renters Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles, CA. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Federal judge strikes down CDC’s national moratorium on evictions

David Yaffe-Bellany, Noah Buhayar Los Angeles Times A federal judge in Washington… Continue reading

Most Read