San Francisco police today released more details of a fatal officer-involved shooting at a Nob Hill hotel on Sunday, including that the man who was shot had grabbed a gun prior to the officer opening fire.
San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said a preliminary investigation by police had determined that the man who was shot, 43-year-old Michael Lee, grabbed a revolver during the encounter with a female police officer.
Police had responded to a noise complaint at the Granada Hotel, a retirement community at 1000 Sutter St. where Lee lived, at about 11:10 a.m.
Management had called police after residents complained of loud music coming from Lee’s seventh-floor apartment and Lee had refused to turn the music down, police said.
He then reportedly began throwing his speakers out the window.
Dangerfield said today that upon entering Lee’s room, the female officer “noticed a gun near the suspect” and grabbed it and moved it away.
Before the officer could restrain Lee, Dangerfield said, Lee advanced on her and forced her away from the gun.
Lee then grabbed the gun, and “fearing for her life, the officer fired at the suspect, fatally wounding him,” Dangerfield said.
The officer, who police have not publicly identified, fired multiple shots, according to Dangerfield.
Another gun, a replica, was also found inside the apartment, Dangerfield said.
The case remains under investigation.
Ari Burack, Bay City News