The San Francisco Medical Examiner confirmed today that the two men who died Thursday in an officer-involved shooting died from gunshot wounds.
Both were listed as homicides.
Michael MacFhionghain, 57, his residence unknown, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Medical Examiner’s report.
Rafael Mendoza, 49, his address also unknown, died of a gunshot wound to the torso, the same report said.
Mission Local asked in an email if either man had stab wounds. The response in the report was simply, “There is no additional information to disclose.”
The officers arrived at the scene on Thursday, May 19, around 7:48 p.m. after reports of an aggravated assault near the intersection of Mariposa and Owens streets. They discharged their weapons, according to a police statement the evening of the incident.
It was unclear at the time if the men had died from stab wounds during an assault.
The incident took place just yards away from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the I-280 freeway.
Once police arrived on the scene, they located two men and soon fired shots, an SFPD press release stated.
The two men were later identified as MacFhionghain and Mendoza.
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 University of California, San Francisco, researcher on his way to work Friday morning said 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.
The SFPD’s data on crime can be found here.