responded to an early morning call on Saturday about a disturbed man
threatening tenants with a knife in a building on Raymond Street in Visitacion Valley. Arriving, they found
the suspect, 37-year-old Xiyu Li, standing at the top of a flight of stairs
brandishing a meat cleaver. He was ordered in Cantonese and English to
drop the cleaver, but shouted back at the officers that they'd have to
Which, after a while, they did.
Nearly 40 minutes of cajoling and firing non-lethal "bean-bag" rounds at Li had little effect. Then he charged at officers with the cleaver, according to an account of the incident in Lazar's newsletter. "The officers believed their lives were in immediate danger," Lazar wrote, adding that "One officer fired one shot." Li was taken to the San Francisco General Hospital, where he died at 5:48 a.m.
Bay City News reported that Li's family told police he had a history of mental illness.
Sgt. Lyn Tomioka of San Francisco Police Public Affairs declined to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting, saying their identities would be kept confidential until the homicide detail concludes a routine investigation of the shooting.
Photo | Mark Coggins