* San Francisco Police Shoot 37-Year-Old Xiyu Li After He Allegedly Comes At Them With A Meat Cleaver

Published by on September 8, 2009

A San Francisco man who was shot and killed by police after he allegedly came at them with a meat cleaver early Saturday morning was identified by the medical examiner’s office today as 37-year-old Xiyu Li.Officers were dispatched to a home in the first block of Raymond Avenue, near Bayshore Boulevard, in the city’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood shortly before 4:30 a.m. after a 911 caller reported Li was threatening tenants and that one man had been stabbed.Responding officers found Li standing at the top of a stairwell holding a solid metal meat cleaver, police Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said. The officers ordered him in both English and Cantonese to drop the cleaver, but he refused and told the officers they would have to shoot him, Tomioka said.The officers tried for more than half an hour to convince Li to put down the cleaver, police said. When he continued to refuse, the officers employed less-lethal weapons to try to subdue Li “with no effect,” Tomioka said.Police fired a single round at Li after he failed to drop the cleaver and advanced on officers in a threatening manner, police said.Li was struck by the bullet and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 a.m. The stabbing victim, a man who also lived at the home, was treated at the hospital for injuries to his ankle and arm. Li’s family told police he had a history of mental health issues and had moved to the U.S. from China a few years ago. Police said Li was unemployed. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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