Police shot and killed a man who pulled what later turned out to be a BB or pellet pistol in a restricted area of a San Francisco police station parking lot, a police spokesman said Sunday night.
At 5:20 p.m. PT, a 32-year-old white man entered the part of the SFPD Mission Station parking lot that’s restricted, said spokesman Albie Esparza. Three sergeants approached the man, who has not been identified, and told him to leave. The man began to walk away, towards the driveway of the station. But as the sergeants prepared to get in their vehicles, they found the suspect was still in the parking lot and was blocking their exit.
The sergeants approached the man a second time and asked him to leave. Facing them, the suspect put his hands in his hoodie and began to back out of the parking lot, said Esparza. The sergeants asked him to show them his hands. When he reached the threshold, he lifted up the shirt from its wasteband and showed what officers said appeared to be a handgun. As he pulled the gun out, two sergeants fired at the suspect, hitting him three times.
He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died. The officers weren’t injured and have been placed on paid administrative leave, police said.