A man suspected of killing his wife in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood last Friday has been identified as 74-year-old Ying Hua Wu, a district attorney’s office spokesman said today. Police and firefighters responded to the 200 block of Justin Drive around 10:30 p.m. Friday and found a woman lying on the floor unconscious. When firefighters arrived to try to revive her, they encountered a man, later identified as Wu, who was combative and holding a knife, which he then used to stab himself in the neck, police said.
Crews were not able to revive Wu’s wife, 72-year-old Hao Mei Wu, who the medical examiner’s office determined died from apparent “manual strangulation,” district attorney’s office spokesman Omid Talai said. However, police and firefighters were able to take the knife away from Ying Hua Wu and arrest him before transporting him to San Francisco General Hospital, where he remained this afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.
Talai said prosecutors are still deciding whether to file murder charges against Wu.
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