Google Maps photo of UPS distribution center at 16th and Utah streets
UPS distribution center at 16th and Utah streets. Photo from Google Maps

A security guard at the 16th Street UPS distribution center shot and killed Jacob Leoiki, 34, early Wednesday morning, according to official statements. 

Police said in a statement that just after 4 a.m. Wednesday, witnesses saw an unknown man, wielding a knife, charge at the security guard near the facility at 16th and Utah streets. The security guard then shot the man, the police said, and remained on the scene until police and medics arrived. 

Leoiki was declared dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner listed Leoiki’s residence as “unknown,” but said the office had contacted his next of kin. 

Catherine Leoiki-Borero, Leoiki’s aunt, told Mission Local in an interview that her nephew’s death and the circumstances surrounding it came as a shock.

“It just doesn’t sound like him … I’ve never seen him in that capacity. None of us have,” Leoiki-Borero said.


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Map by Will Jarrett. Basemap from Mapbox.

“He loved to explore. He was a go-getter,” Leoiki-Borero said. “At the drop of a hat,” she said Leoiki decided to move to San Francisco a couple months ago and scope it out. His father was scheduled to visit this weekend.

Leoiki is survived by his young son, his parents, his sister, and a large, close-knit Hawaiian family based in Las Vegas, Texas and Hawaii.

Police Chief Bill Scott told the Police Commission Wednesday evening that the security guard had been detained, but is not under arrest. “There’s a lot of investigation on this case that still needs to occur,” Scott said, including the gathering of nearby video surveillance footage. 

UPS Communications confirmed that the incident occurred at its distribution facility and customer center located on the northeast Mission block. A spokesperson told Mission Local in a statement that the company is “cooperating fully with the police in their investigation.”  

This is a breaking story and may be updated as more information becomes available. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.

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.

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  1. I always wondered where my dear friends, Leoikis went. I know the last place was Vegas and heard they had moved. I remember Jacob from when he was little. Our families became very close, living as neighbors in Salt Lake. You are, and have always been in my heart. I am saddened by this tragic event and am sending my condolences, love and aloha to Jack and all the Leoiki ohana!! Love Aunty Linda Sakuma

  2. Not a single day go by that I think about you man
    Happy Belated Heavenly Birthday Jacob
    I will always love you
    God have mercy on Jacob’s life
    In Jesus name….. Amen 🙏

  3. Today is Jacob’s birthday. He would have been 35. We miss you and love you!!

  4. It is always risky in that time of morning, 4am, the homeless harrassed me more than once, trying to report for work.

  5. This message is to this “Glenn” guy! I am the Aunty who now has to deal with the whole families question s. I am the Aunty that had to to get the call to the medial examiner to find out that he was killed. Now I am the Aunty that has to cremate him n get him flown back to us in a box!! You said your glad that they have arm security. I am glad I have family to help me do all of this!! From my whole family that is dealing with this tragedy who had to tell Jacob’s 8 year old he will no long feel his Father’s kiss love or hug. Put your self in our shoes for one second!! See how you feel. I am still crying, I am writing this from the hospital, can’t breathe, heart problems! 💔 sorry for the tragedy your state had years ago but this is not the same!! Do you think quick to shoot is better? God bless you and I’m sorry you feel that way! Hope you find it in your ❤ I want everyone to know that none of us are perfect! God is not finish with us all! I pray that the security guard that had to live with this whole thing finds peace. He too is going thru tragedy and his family. I don’t have hate for you I jus wish the outcome was not a loss of Jacob!

  6. You will forEver be missed💔😰😰
    You didn’t have to leave us like this you were desperately waiting for our son Lenny to come visit for summer break and couldn’t wait for us to get there ! I knew you so well and everyone knew how IMPORTANT Lenny was to you !!!! justice needs to be served!
    Why why why why did he take you away for EVER why 💔 We love you so much. Im so sorry Jacob love you 😘

  7. Although I haven’t seen my cousin in years , I know for a fact that this was a tragic incident that could have been prevented. This isn’t the first time someone was killed in this particular location. There are so many unanswered questions like,
    “Was the security officer properly trained?”,

    “Did Jacob really charge an armed guard with his knife out or was it just on his person?”

    “Why was an armed guard so quick to pull a trigger, not just once but 3 times.”

    My cousin leaves behind his son and many family members with no idea as to what really happened. He was taken way too soon. May he Rest In Peace and hopefully we get the closure we are seeking.

  8. It’s so sad to hear that my uncle died yesterday. He was and good person and i know he wouldn’t do anything like this. Why did he have to shoot him 3 times. When you had a taser. This is so sad. This year is just not the way I should be going.

  9. Jacob was my nephew. My husband I helped raised him along side he’s cousins. When we heard about the news. My family is heart broken. Jacob was always polite and always helpful. He got along with others. This act was not like him. I’m in disbelief and devistated.

  10. Jacob was my nephew. My husband I helped raised him along side he’s cousins. When we heard about the news. My family was heart broken. My children, Jacob’s cousins was heart broken. he was like their brother. Jacob was always polite and always helpful. He got along with others. This act was not like him. I’m in disbelief and devistated.

  11. He didn’t need to be shot three times when the security guard also had a taser mace and baton and he charged workers the guard went out of the building to find the person

  12. So many unanswered questions. I have known Jacob for many years and he was always respectful of other people. I can’t believe he would have charged at a guard unprerevoked. Soos

    1. Hey Glen we never met but I’m bradda jacobs lil cousin..Jacob told me he visited u in Ecuador. He said is was da best place he ever visited. I hope all is well wit u man🤙🏾

  13. Sad to hear of any death. However about five years ago three people were shot dead at this UPS center by a former employee. I wonder if there was any training for the UPS guards since then to prevent entry of anyone armed or not belonging there

  14. Thanks for clarifying that this was at the UPS center- previous reports had only mentioned that a security guard was involved, which seemed unusual. Other than armored cars and cannabis businesses, one doesn’t often see armed private security, but given that this was the site of a workplace mass shooting in 2017 it’s not so surprising that they have armed guards there.

    1. Extremely valuable goods, jewelry and firearms pass thru that building daily. A nightstick and a flashlight won’t get it done.

      1. Jacob was just walking by, he wasn’t going to try to steal from a UPS fortress. If the guard hadn’t spoken to him Jacob would have simply passed by. I understand that the guard shown a spotlight in Jacob’s face and turned a passer by into a confrontation.

        1. I’ve known Jacob since he was still in elementary school. He would never do that, the security guard must have said or did something towards him that offended him.
          Jacob has a big and caring heart.

        2. Omg Seriously…. That’s so fuck up
          I was a friend of his for over 20 years and to hear this is the way he departed from this world is so heartbreaking