San Francisco Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Was Armed with Fake Gun

Police didn't realize it was a pellet gun until after the shooting.

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Officials in San Francisco say a man with a fake gun who was shot by police yesterday died at a hospital. 

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the 32-year-old man was belligerent and brandished a weapon in the parking lot of the Mission District police station just after 5 p.m. After seeing the butt of a gun in the man's waistband, police opened fire, striking him several times: 

Three police sergeants approached the man and asked him to leave, Esparza said. He began to walk away but stopped before reaching the parking lot entrance at Valencia Street and turned to confront the officers.

Still facing the sergeants, Esparza said the man began to back away while also reaching his hands into his waistband, revealing the butt of a gun.

The sergeants saw the butt of the weapon as he pulls it out and brandishes it at the sergeants," Esparza said.

Two of the sergeants fired their weapon at the man, striking him multiple times, he said.

The Mercury News adds that, after shooting the man, police realized that the weapon was a pellet gun. The victim, a white male, died after undergoing surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. 

[via San Jose Mercury News]

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