On May 9, 2012 at 8:48pm, San Francisco Police Officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of Post Street to assist officers from the Rohnert Park Police Department who were conducting an investigation into a recent homicide that occurred in Rohnert Park. Upon arrival, San Francisco officers saw that the Rohnert Park officers were speaking to the suspect who was inside an apartment. San Francisco officers gained consent and proceeded to enter the apartment. The suspect then began firing at the officers through walls who then backed away from the apartment.
San Francisco officers requested assistance and members of the Patrol Division, Tactical Unit, Specialist Team and Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene to contain the incident. The suspect fired repeatedly through the walls, ceiling and the floor toward adjoining residences. Efforts were made to establish contact with the suspect. Those efforts were unsuccessful. The suspect lit several fires inside the apartment, however responding fire fighters were unable to extinguish those fires due to the active shooter situation. At approximately 10:00pm, due to the imminent threat to public safety created by the suspect’s continued gun fire and the intentional arson of the building, San Francisco officers used lethal force to stop this threat.
The San Francisco Fire Department ensured the blaze was extinguished and well being checks were made of neighboring apartments and adjoining properties. A minimum of 180 residents were evacuated from the premise and neighboring attached buildings.
There are ongoing investigations by the San Francisco Police Department Homicide Detail, Internal Affairs Division, the San Francisco District Attorney’s, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office and the Office of Citizens’ Complaints.