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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sgt. Lisa Holton
Date: August 06, 2018 4:13 AM
Case Number: SR18-06261

Officer Shoots Suspect Armed with Knife

On Sunday, August 5, 2018 at approximately 9:04 p.m. an officer from the San Rafael Police Department observed a male subject standing on Market Street holding what appeared to be knives in each of his hands. The subject was waving the knives in a threatening manner.

Officers attempted to negotiate with the subject to get him to drop the objects. After approximately thirty minutes, the subject began moving down Verdi Street towards Belvedere Street, where other officers were staged. The officers at that location ordered the man to drop the knives. When he failed to comply, a deputy fired less than lethal shotgun rounds at the subject. The rounds struck the subject but were ineffective. The subject then ran in the direction of the deputy. A San Rafael Police Officer fired his duty handgun at the subject, striking him. Officers on scene rendered first aid immediately.

The suspect was transported to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries. The officer involved shooting investigation is being conducted by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.


Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.

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Posted: August 06, 2018 7:13 PDT by Sgt. Lisa Holton

Updated: August 06, 2018 7:14 PDT by Alex Holm


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