Owens and Mariposa intersection. Photo by Annika Hom. Taken May 20, 2022.

Two men died Thursday after San Francisco Police officers responding to reports of an aggravated assault arrived at the scene and discharged their weapons, according to a police statement. It’s unclear if one or both of the men died from shots fired by the officers. 

On Thursday around 7:48 p.m. police arrived on the scene, near the intersection of Mariposa and Owens streets, just yards away from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the I-280 freeway. 

Once police arrived on scene, they located two men, and soon fired shots, an SFPD press release stated. 

Medics were called and officers rendered aid to the men. One man died at the scene, and another was transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died. 

A young woman and man who live in apartments near the intersection told Mission Local Friday morning that they received a text from the city’s ALERTSF service at 8:30 p.m. that reported police activity and emergency crews at Mariposa and Owens streets. 

At 10:33 p.m., San Francisco Police Department spokesman Officer Robert Rueca tweeted that “pedestrian and vehicle traffic” were closed as a result, and a “suspect is not at large.” 

A UCSF researcher on his way to work Friday morning said the UCSF Police notified him about the altercation but, because residents or staff commonly receive alerts in the area, it did not appear unusual. 

The researcher, who asked not to be named, showed Mission Local a 3 a.m. message from UCSF Police that said the issue had been resolved.

The San Francisco Police Department will hold a town hall within 10 days to address the officer-involved shooting. 

In the last five years, officer-involved shootings have generally decreased. There were six in 2017, five in 2018, three in 2019, four in 2020, and two last year, data shows

The District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Police Accountability and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will investigate. The San Francisco Police Department’s Investigative Services Division and Internal Affairs Division will also conduct investigations.

Mission Local has reached out to the UCSF Police, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Chief Medical Examiner’s office for more information. 

This story is breaking and may be updated.

Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.

The SFPD’s data on crime can be found here.


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REPORTER. Annika Hom is our inequality reporter through our partnership with Report for America. Annika was born and raised in the Bay Area. She previously interned at SF Weekly and the Boston Globe where she focused on local news and immigration. She is a proud Chinese and Filipina American. She has a twin brother that (contrary to soap opera tropes) is not evil.

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  1. SF crime is out of control. SFPD needs more officers. SF needs more mental health beds. We need to lock down ppl with severe unchecked mental health issues if they are homeless. It keeps them safe and the community safe. Glad no cops were injured.

    1. klaire is just another knee-jerk reactionary looking for points from the SFPOA. it should be concerning how little information has been released publicly about the death of two people. this is clearly a case of the sfpd withholding information (aka coverup) in an incident invlolving officers discharging weapons. and no news org (mission local included) has sought to independently investigate. perhaps they’re hoping the remoteness of the location away from a residental area will allow everyone to move on and forget.

  2. 2 human beings were murdered, regardless by who, and zero information is being released to the public. Where exactly are we living when authority can kill, and respond to no one? This is disheartening, enraging and we can demand more out of our gun patroling cowboys. Be safe my people.

  3. Zero information from the Police on their double homicide but coincidentally their former spokeperson Supervisor Matt Dorsey and Mayor Breed had press releases today about how they are not marching in Pride in solidarity with “police diversity”… please somebody investigate this and don’t let them switch the frame!

  4. Other news sources report that the police shot both the assaulter AND the victim. Both men “had no addresses”. The guy that was stabbing the other one was definitely killed by SFPD. The medical examiner has not determined cause of death of the victim – he had both stab wounds and bullet wound. I’m not sure what to think – holy cows!

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