A 32-year-old man was arrested Saturday night in San Leandro in connection with a domestic violence-related homicide inside a Silver Terrace apartment, police said.
The homicide is The City’s 28th this year, but the first directly related to domestic violence and a morbid reminder to anti-domestic violence groups, who had celebrated the decrease in frequency of such deaths in recent months.
Everick Stephenson was arrested in the case by San Francisco police on suspicion of murder and domestic violence around 10:25 p.m., authorities said. Early Saturday morning, officers found 43-year-old Lisa Broussard unconscious with a gunshot wound to her upper torso in a home on Apollo Street near Thornton Avenue.
Broussard was not taken to the hospital, Officer Grace Gatpandan said. Police and medics provided medical assistance but she died inside the apartment around 5:40 a.m.
The suspect was not at the scene when police arrived, Gatpandan said. Officers did speak with several witnesses at the scene who police believe could implicate him in the case. No further information on what led to his arrest has been released.
Stephenson’s relationship to Broussard is unclear. He was booked into County Jail early Sunday on suspicion of domestic violence.
Stephenson was also booked on suspicion of two counts of firearm possession by a convicted felon, destroying evidence and a parole violation.
“It is sad to think that another case has come up,” said Police Commissioner Sonia E. Melara. That goes to tell us that the issue of domestic violence is alive and well in our community. as long as guns are available to people, it will continue to happen.”
Up until now, said Melara, the anti-domestic violence community had recognized that no domestic violence homicides had occurred since October of last year.
The last domestic violence related homicide in The City was Cecilia Lam, 35, who was shot and killed by her boyfriend Cedric Young Jr., 29, on Oct. 10 in her South of Marker home. Young then killed himself.