SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco Police on Wednesday released additional details – including a body-worn camera video – related to a fatal shooting involving an officer in the city’s South of Market neighborhood last week .
Chief Bill Scott and other ministry officials held a virtual town hall on Wednesday following the death of Ajmal Amani, 41, on Friday, November 19.
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“Without suggesting a premature judgment on the appropriateness of the force used in this particular incident, I can express on behalf of all of us in our department our condolences to the family, friends and relatives of Mr. Amani for the loss they have suffered, âScott told City Hall.
According to Commander Paul Yep, officers were called to a hotel residence in Block 900 on Folsom Street shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday following reports of a man holding a knife. The caller said she couldn’t stay on the phone because the man “has a knife in my face”.
When two police officers arrived, they found the appellant and another victim who said he had also been threatened with a knife. It was determined that both victims were hotel employees.
Yes, the officers then made their way to Amani’s room and found a man conforming to Amani’s appearance at the end of the hall, shouting and pointing fingers at the officers, before stepping back out of sight.
The video shows that the police then returned to the victims and took up a position in the hallway and said they wanted to speak to Amani.
Yes, said that at this point one officer pulled out his department-issued handgun, while the second officer was armed with a so-called “ball gun”. The first officer then requested additional resources, including a nearby ambulance, as well as a tactical shield, which the commander said was consistent with SFPD training.
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About a minute later, Yep said that Amani then returned to the hallway, screaming and brandishing a knife. He then charged the police with the knife.
Yes, said Amani was getting closer, the two officers fired their weapons, hitting Amani, who fell to the ground. Amani was shot four times by the officer with the handgun, and three times by the officer with the beanbag projectiles.
Videos show the police asking Amani to speak to them, but they continued to keep their distance. A few minutes later, additional officers with a tactical shield approached Amani and secured the knife. Officers and medical personnel then rescued.
Yes, Amani was taken to Zuckerberg General Hospital in San Francisco, where he was pronounced deceased.
The officer who unloaded his Department-issued firearm was identified at Town Hall as Officer John Quinlan, while the officer who unloaded the handheld firearm was identified as the Officer Danny De Leon Garcia.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Amani was a former Afghan interpreter for US Special Forces and had struggled with a post-traumatic stress disorder order. In 2019, Amani was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly cutting a city park ranger with a cutter.
The newspaper reported that Amani was ordered to undergo a mental health diversion which he completed this year and was living in a rented room in town at the hotel.
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The fatal shooting involving an officer is still under investigation.