SF deputy faces criminal charges over gun threats

Police say cop threatened to shoot people at party

A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy is facing criminal charges after he allegedly went on a violent rampage at a small party in Parkmerced.

Deputy Dominic Barsetti, 32, was off-duty when he allegedly threatened to shoot people at the potluck last Thursday night, after being confronted for inappropriately grabbing an 18-year-old woman and pulling her hair, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say Barsetti also picked up a guitar and wreaked havoc on the apartment after people at the party confronted him. He allegedly swung the instrument around, ripped down a curtain, damaged a bookcase and broke a tank containing a large lizard.

“The allegations in this case are outrageous, and particularly troubling coming from someone we entrusted to wear a star and uniform,” District Attorney Chesa Boudin said in a statement. “We will hold Deputy Barsetti accountable for his actions.”

Officers responding to the incident arrested Barsetti near Josepha Avenue and Juan Bautista Circle at around 10:15 p.m., according to police and prosecutors. He appeared to be intoxicated and was booked into jail in Marin County.

Police later executed a search warrant at his home and seized weapons including three handguns and ammunition.

Barsetti was due to be arraigned in court Tuesday on various charges including four felony counts of criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. But the arraignment was delayed until Wednesday because his attorney was unavailable.

Reached by phone, his attorney Bill Fazio said he could not immediately comment on the allegations.

”At this point I don’t have any more information or less information than you,” Fazio said.

Barsetti has worked for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department since March 2018 and is currently on administrative leave due to his arrest.

The department said in a statement that its staff are held “to the highest law enforcement professional standards on and off duty.”

“We will investigate this matter thoroughly once the criminal justice process has concluded,” the department said.

Prosecutors are not planning to seek detention for Barsetti and will instead ask that he be ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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