Police officer suspended after market shooting

Police had few answers Tuesday as to why a homeless man attacked a customer outside a local market before allegedly pulling a knife, causing police to shoot him on Monday.

<p>The victim, a 49-year-old Asian male, died at the scene. He began lifting his shirt to expose his chest while yelling and screaming at a customer who was eating outside the Central Market at 517 S. B St. around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the shop’s manager, Karen Oda.

“He put a trash can on my car,” Oda said. “I thought he was going to set it on fire.”

The homeless man then allegedly began attacking a male customer seated outside, and when a female customer inside the shop began screaming, Oda called 911, she said. “I thought they were going to brawl.”

The altercation continued down B Street toward Fifth Avenue, where police arrived, according to Oda. “It appears at this time that the officer retreated with the suspect advancing, and shortly thereafter the officer deployed his service weapon and fired several rounds striking the suspect,” Lt. Mike Brunicardi said.

The officer, whose name police declined to release, has been routinely suspended pending the completion of an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office. “There hasn’t been an officer-involved shooting [in San Mateo] for quite some time, more than a year,” Brunicardi said.

Police recovered an open-pocket knife the man was armed with, but declined to say whether he had threatened police with it.

Several nearby shop owners recalled seeing the man in the area occasionally, or sleeping on a bench in Central Park. He never acted aggressively or caused problems, said Soon Song, owner of San Mateo Cleaners located around the corner from where the shooting occurred. “I was surprised something like this happened,” said Soon Song’s son, Danny.

The Songs and other area shop owners said the neighborhood is usually quiet.

The coroner was withholding the shooting victim’s identity until the next of kin could be notified.

ecarpenter@examiner.com

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

Legal challenge halts SFPD jurisdiction over dog attacks on federal land

Dog owners beware — canine attacks are now consequence-free on federal land… Continue reading

49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing

Kittle’s 39-yard catch-and-run had placed San Francisco in prime position for a game-winning field goal as the 49ers trailed 46-45

SF police shoot burglary suspect in Mission District

Man allegedly attacked officers before being shot in first on-duty SFPD shooting since June 2018

Not even heavy rain can stop the 25th annual SantaCon

Jolly, drunken fun event for Santas is the ‘least wonderful time of the year’ for many locals

Ronen says $100M service expansion is ‘going to fix’ SF’s mental health crisis

Compromise mental health plan has backing of mayor, full Board of Supervisors

Most Read