SFPD officer who shot himself during traffic stop is ID’d

A San Francisco police officer who shot himself during a traffic stop Monday afternoon in Richmond has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as 49-year-old Antonio Cacatian.

Cacatian, a Richmond resident, was a nine-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department.

He was the subject of an investigation involving multiple jurisdictions when he was stopped around 1:30 p.m. Monday by a Richmond police officer in the Hilltop Mall parking lot near a JCPenney store. More details about the investigation were not immediately available.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer heard a gunshot and returned to his patrol vehicle to request help, Richmond police said.

Richmond police spokesperson Lt. Felix Tan said it was not immediately clear to officers what happened inside the suspect’s vehicle because its windows were heavily tinted.

Officers used beanbag rounds to break the windows and found Cacatian dead inside the vehicle, Tan said.

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