SWAT Team Shoots, Kills Barricaded Man in Pacifica Following Lengthy Standoff

Police said that the man brandished an axe at officers and was unable to be subdued, and he managed to get inside the home and barricade himself.

Photo of the scene on March 18, 2014.
Photo of the scene on March 18, 2014.
by Bay City News Service:

A barricaded man was fatally shot after stabbing a SWAT team member following a lengthy standoff in Pacifica Tuesday evening, police said.

Officers responded to a report by a resident in the 300 block of San Pedro Avenue that their adult son, possibly armed with an axe, was displaying signs of paranoia at about 11:55 a.m., according to police.

When officers arrived, they found the man, a 34-year-old, in the home’s backyard.

Police said that the man brandished an axe at officers and was unable to be subdued, and he managed to get inside the home and barricade himself.

After learning the man may have armed himself with a rifle and ammunition, nearby homes were evacuated and officers attempted to communicate with the suspect with no success, police said.

SWAT team members then responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the suspect through various means but were unsuccessful, according to police.

After more than six hours, the SWAT team went into the home. When the team got inside, the suspect, armed with a knife, stabbed one of the SWAT team members, police said.

The SWAT team followed the suspect’s attack by firing at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The injured officer was transported to a hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. The name of the suspect has not yet been released.

Pacifica and Daly City police departments, as well as the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, continue to investigate the incident.

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Pacifica Progress March 24, 2014 at 02:29 PM
There were many issues that led to institutions closing. To blame Reagan is not accurate. It's easy to blame police, the family or even Reagan. Sometimes there is no one to blame. May the young man and his family have some peace now.
Hutch March 24, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Who's ignorant republicat? You really believe one man did that? The closing of institutions started long before Reagan and was the idea of psychiatrists who thought the mentally ill would be better off in the community. We don't always have to blame the cops or republicans.
republacat March 24, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Hutch, you are trying to blame an unstable person for their own death. The family asked for help and the police came over and killed their paranoid son. Why not send in a dog? Why? The mentally ill are our brothers and sisters and neighbors and mostly our veterans. We need to stand up for the people who can't stand up for themselves. WWJD?
Hutch March 24, 2014 at 07:48 PM
They don't send in a police dog when the subject may have a gun. It'd easy to armchair quarterback when you don't know all the facts. The parents called police because their son was threatening them. He was out of control and brandishing an axe. The parents reported he may have a gun. You say he was mentally ill like that means he was harmless. Schizophrenics can be much more dangerous because they don't know reality from fantasy. They hear, see, smell and feel things that aren't real. Why don't you wait for all the facts until you hang the cops.
catberry March 29, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Candlelight vigil tonight for Errol Chang. The vigil will start at 7:30 pm. Please join Errols family and friends at 384 pedro point ave pacifica ca.


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