The story was originally published on Jan. 20, 2022.
The state Attorney General’s Office confirmed Monday that when San Francisco police officers shot and killed a man at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday, he was “in possession of an airsoft gun, which is not considered a deadly weapon.”
The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office also confirmed that the deceased was carrying airsoft guns, not firearms.
The Attorney General’s Office wrote today that “an airsoft gun is not considered a deadly weapon unless it is used in some particular manner likely to produce death or great bodily injury (e.g., as a bludgeon).”
Nine hours after the police shooting on Thursday, the San Francisco Police Department wrote in an email to Mission Local that the suspect had “at least one gun.” At the time, it was unclear whether he opened fire.
The SFPD has not responded to questions about its earlier report.
The incident began in Terminal G of the San Francisco International Airport, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
At 7:26 a.m., SFPD officers arrived in the International Terminal after receiving multiple calls reporting a suspicious individual.
“The individual continued to display threatening behavior,” said Doug Yakel, the airport spokesperson. “The officers attempted to use nonlethal measures, beanbags, etc., to subdue the suspect. The individual continued to advance towards officers, at which time they discharged several shots at the suspect.”
The man was shot by the police and died at the scene a short time later. Officers said they “rendered aid to the man and summoned medics to the scene” in a press release.
At the time, the SFPD said he had at least one gun.
The man’s identity has not been released so far.
A bystander was also wounded in the shooting. He was treated at the scene by the San Francisco Fire Department and sent to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
Because of the incidents, BART’s SFO Station was briefly closed around 8 a.m., and normal train service resumed at 9 a.m., according to tweets from @SFBARTalert. As of 6 p.m., the primary BART station entrance at SFO remains closed and passengers can use the secondary entrance on the upper level to enter and exit.
The SFPD is conducting investigations into the incident, and will hold a public town hall about the shooting within 10 days.