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A San Francisco police officer shot and wounded a man in the Financial District this morning after he allegedly slashed a coworker with a box cutter at a chocolate factory at Pier 17, police said. Police Chief Greg Suhr said that at about 10:15 a.m., a 30-year-old temporary employee at TCHO New American Chocolate slashed his coworker in an apparently unprovoked attack and “cut him pretty bad.”
The victim suffered defensive wounds as he raised his arm to block the attack, Suhr said. The attacker then fled south on the Embarcadero, and the victim chased him, leaving a trail of blood as he ran, Suhr said. Police responded and tried to stop the man but he would not comply with their demands, Suhr said. At Washington and Davis streets, the man allegedly lunged at a female officer with the box cutter and she fired two shots at him, Suhr said.
He went down and landed on his stomach, and officers handcuffed him — but when they turned him over and saw that he had been shot in the torso, they removed the cuffs, according to Suhr. He was treated at the scene then transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he is in serious condition. The slashing victim’s wounds are not considered life-threatening, Suhr said. The officer who fired the shots has been placed on paid administrative leave as is protocol with officer-involved shootings. A woman answering the phone at the chocolate company declined to comment on the incident.
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