Police kill man in Russian Hill

Less than a month after San Francisco police fatally shot a suspect in the Bayview district, another man met a similar fate in Russian Hill Sunday after allegedly pointing a replica gun at officers.

Police responded Sunday morning to a 911 call describing a man waving a gun near the corner of Polk Street and Pacific Avenue around 2:03a.m., Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

Officers who arrived on the scene a minute later spotted a white man in his 50s holding what appeared to be a handgun. Despite repeated orders to drop the weapon, the man refused, Mannina said. When he allegedly pointed the gun at police, an officer shot him.

The officers administered first aid and paramedics took the man to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police investigating the case later ascertained that the gun was a handgun replica, Mannina said.

“It was built to look like a gun,” Mannina said. “But it was not functional.”

The man had not yet been identified late Sunday afternoon, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office.

Some neighbors in the upscale neighborhood on the edge of Chinatown said Sunday that the immediate area tends to be safe.

“It’s quite a surprise” it happened there, said 56-year-old Riley Rowe, who has lived in the area for 17 years. “If you go a few blocks toward Broadway it gets a little ratty, but here it’s safe.”

Former Brooklyn resident, 33-year-old Suzanne Hancock, chalked the shooting up to urban life.

“I still consider it safe” here despite the shooting, Hancock said. “It’s part of living in The City.”

The officer who fired the fatal shots has been put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting. The officer’s name was not released Sunday, Mannina said.

The San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Citizen Complaints will conduct separate investigations into the incident, Mannina said.

A homicide suspect who shot at police officers on Aug. 27 was fatally shot by police on Flora Street in the Bayview district. The 35-year-old suspect, Charles Breed, fired at least six rounds into a police carbefore officers shot him, police said.

mcarroll@examiner.com

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