SFPD officer shoots man in wheelchair


The officer involved shooting occurred shortly after 10:15 a.m. near the intersection of Howard and 10th streets by the Department of Mental Health Clinic. Police say officers responded to a call of a man slashing tires and vandalizing city vehicles.

"The call for service was originally a man with a knife vandalizing city vehicles," SFPD spokesperson Ofc. Eric Chiang said.

Doreen Paddock works in the building. She says the suspect is a regular visitor to the clinic and has a reputation.

"He's a little bit of trouble maker," she said.

A police spokesperson says the officer was stabbed and first fired a non-lethal bean bag weapon and then another officer fired his service revolver. It is unclear just how the separate events occurred, whether the officer was stabbed first and then the weapons were fired, or if the stabbing happened between the two shootings.

The police officer and the man he shot are being treated at San Francisco General Hospital. The officer, whose name has not been released, is being treated for a deep knife wound to his arm. The suspect, whose name is also being withheld, is in surgery for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say they are investigating whether the suspect was a regular wheelchair user or if he was standing up when the incident occurred.

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