A 55-year-old man shot last week by San Francisco police after allegedly stabbing an officer responding to a vandalism call is due in court next week on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, the sheriff’s department said today.
Police were called to 10th and Howard streets in the South of Market neighborhood on Jan. 4 at about 10:20 a.m. after a report of a “highly agitated” man in a wheelchair yelling, stabbing parking meters, and puncturing the tires of city vehicles with a knife.
Police said they found Randal Dunklin holding a buck knife and a large piece of cement.
During a confrontation with one of the officers, Dunklin allegedly stabbed a 27-year-old male officer in the shoulder, police said.
Officers used pepper spray and a shotgun-fired bean bag weapon in an attempt to subdue Dunklin, but the weapons had no effect, police said.
The 27-year-old officer, who has been with the department since 2007, and another male officer, a 40-year-old who has been with the department since 1997, then opened fire with their handguns, according to police.
Both Dunklin and the officer who was stabbed were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
After being released from the hospital, Dunklin is now facing two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, one count of obstructing or delaying police, and one count of misdemeanor vandalism, according to the sheriff’s department.
He remains in custody on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in San Francisco Superior Court on the charges Wednesday, the sheriff’s department said.
According to the Police Department, both of the officers who fired their handguns are on standard administrative leave during an investigation of the incident.
Their names have not been released.
Ari Burack, Bay City News