A barricaded man was fatally shot after stabbing a SWAT team member following a lengthy standoff in Pacifica Tuesday evening, police said. Officers responded to a report by a resident in the 300 block of San Pedro Avenue that their adult son, possibly armed with an axe, was displaying signs of paranoia at about 11:55 a.m., according to police.
When officers arrived, they found the man, a 34-year-old, in the home’s backyard. Police said that the man brandished an axe at officers and was unable to be subdued, and he managed to get inside the home and barricade himself.
After learning the man may have armed himself with a rifle and ammunition, nearby homes were evacuated and officers attempted to communicate with the suspect with no success, police said. SWAT team members then responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the suspect through various means but were unsuccessful, according to police.
After more than six hours, the SWAT team went into the home. When the team got inside, the suspect, armed with a knife, stabbed one of the SWAT team members, police said. The SWAT team followed the suspect’s attack by firing at him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The injured officer was transported to a hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. The name of the suspect has not yet been released. Pacifica and Daly City police departments, as well as the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, continue to investigate the incident.
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