Officer-Involved Shooting at Washington & Davis Street



On July 18, 2012, at approximately 10:15 AM, officers responded to a business at Pier 17 where a suspect attacked a fellow employee without provocation. The suspect, described as a Cambodian male approximately 30 years old, slashed his coworker in the arm with a box cutter.

The suspect fled southbound on the Embarcadero with the victim in pursuit. An officer confronted the suspect at Washington and Davis Streets. The suspect took his hand out of his pocket, holding the box cutter. When the suspect was ordered to drop the weapon, he lunged at the officer. The officer discharged her firearm several times.

The suspect fell face down on the pavement and the officer handcuffed him. When she turned the suspect over, the officer discovered that he had been struck by gunfire in the torso area. The officer immediately requested EMS to the scene, removed the handcuffs, and began to render aid. Paramedics arrived and transported the suspect to SFGH, where he died from his injuries.

In accordance with Department policy, the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Chief Greg Suhr has stated from the evidence available at this time, it appears that the officer’s actions were within policy. Information will be fourth coming as it becomes available.