San Francisco police officers shot and killed a man armed with a knife Wednesday in an incident partially captured on video.
Mario Woods, 26, was shot several times after he ignored commands to drop a knife, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. Woods continued to hold the knife after an officer shot him several times with beanbags full of lead pellets, meant to be nonlethal.
Police fired after it appeared the San Francisco man was approaching an officer, Andraychak said. Police were responding to a stabbing report in the city's Bayview neighborhood about 4:30 p.m.
A 15-second video clip is circulating online and has sparked debate over the police response.
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Wobbles away from officers
The video shows a man bent over and holding his left hip with his left hand as he is surrounded by at least six police officers with their guns drawn.
He is seen standing up and gesturing to police before starting to wobble away from the officers.
A woman standing in front of the person recording the video can be heard shouting "Just drop it! Just drop it, please!" The man continues walking away as one officer steps in front of him, walking backward while pointing his gun at him. Seconds later the camera turns away as what sounds like at least 15 gunshots are fired amid bystanders' screams.
The 2011 shooting death of Kenneth Harding by police in the city's troubled Bayview District sparked protests after a video showed the 19-year-old bleeding helplessly in the middle of a street while police stood around him with guns drawn and a crowd gathered.