SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A suspect was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting following an earlier stabbing incident in the city’s Bayview District Wednesday, according to police.
The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Mario Woods of San Francisco.
Officers responded at 3:49 p.m. to a report of a stabbing after a victim was dropped off at San Francisco General Hospital.
Police said the victim, who was suffering from a stab wound to the shoulder, told a San Francisco Sheriff’s Department deputy the incident occurred in the 6600 block of Third Street. The victim is expected to survive, police said.
The deputy was able to give officers a preliminary description of the stabbing suspect.
Officers responded to the scene to search for the suspect and were flagged down by a witness to the stabbing, who gave police a description of the suspect.
At 4:34 p.m. an officer spotted a suspect who matched the description given by the witness, police said.
Police said the suspect was armed with a knife that was believed to be the weapon used in the stabbing.
Several officers responded to the scene and contacted the suspect, ordering him to drop the knife.
The suspect refused numerous orders to drop the knife, so officers used an Extended Range Impact Weapon, known as a “bean bag” gun, to subdue the suspect, police said.
Officers fired several ERIW rounds that struck the suspect, but the rounds had no apparent effect, so officers used pepper spray, which also had no apparent effect on the suspect, police said.
Officers then fired several higher-powered ERIW rounds at the suspect, which caused him to drop to one knee, but it did not cause him to drop the knife, police said.
The suspect attempted to walk north on Keith Street, so one of the officers moved to a position on the sidewalk to prevent the suspect from fleeing.
The suspect, who was still armed with the knife, walked toward the officer, so officers fired shots from their handguns at the suspect, police said.
The suspect was hit by the gunfire and fell to the ground. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Woods was previously included in a gang injunction requested by the city attorney’s office, police said.
In 2009, when Woods was 19, a San Francisco Superior Court judge added him and five other men to one of the city’s civil gang injunctions targeting a Hunters Point criminal street gang known as the Oakdale Mob, according to the city attorney’s office.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in 2009 that Woods and the other men “have engaged in an alarming pattern of gang violence and criminal conduct in a short span of time, and their addition to the existing injunction is clearly warranted.”
The city attorney’s office said in a statement in 2009 that Woods was “an active member of Oakdale Mob whose gang related activities include armed robbery and attempted armed robbery; shooting incidents; weapons possession offenses; and driving a stolen car.”
Woods was also allegedly involved in an automobile injury accident while fleeing from police, according to the city attorney’s office.
The injunctions prohibit gang members from associating together in certain “safety zones” and police said they have been helpful in discouraging gang activity. However, the American Civil Liberties Union and other critics have opposed them over civil liberties, racial profiling and due process concerns.
Police have viewed what appears to be a cellphone video depicting a portion of the officers’ contact with the suspect during Wednesday’s incident.
The video appears to show a man limping on the sidewalk and surrounded by officers. Someone off-screen urges the man to “just drop it,” then seconds later a number of shots ring out.
Investigators are asking anyone with video of the incident to contact the San Francisco Police Department’s homicide investigators at (415) 553-1145.
The SFPD Homicide Division, the SFPD Internal Affairs Division, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the San Francisco medical examiner’s office and the Office of Citizen Complaints are investigating the shooting.
The five officers who police believe opened fire on Woods, based on a preliminary investigation into the shooting, have been placed on administrative leave, according to Lt. Robert Yick with the Police Department’s internal affairs division.
Yick said it’s unclear whether the five officers who were placed on administrative assignment have viewed the video posted to Instagram.
He said the officers were not interviewed Wednesday but are in the process of being interviewed by investigators Thursday.
The medical examiner’s office said an autopsy is being conducted Thursday to document the official cause of Woods’ death. Personnel at the medical examiner’s office have not yet released how many bullets entered Woods’ body.
Yick said the Police Department’s homicide division will decide when to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting. He said the officers’ mental health and well-being will be evaluated if and when they return to their regular duties.
San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said a town hall meeting is being planned in the coming days.
Esparza said information disclosed at the meeting may include how many projectiles were deployed, how many lethal rounds were fired, how many officers deployed pepper spray and at what distances.
San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview District, issued a statement urging members of the public “to honor the life of Mr. Mario Woods through peaceful and nonviolent gatherings in remembrance of his life.
Cohen encouraged members of the public to attend the town hall meeting and called on those investigating the shooting to do so “transparently, thoroughly and quickly.”
The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the department’s homicide division, internal affairs division, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the medical examiner’s office and the city’s Office of Citizen Complaints.
Cohen said that her “heart aches for the family that has lost a loved one” and that she is deeply saddened by Woods’ death.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444.
Bay City News contributed to this article