SFPD Release More Details in Nob Hill Shooting

Police declined to say what prompted them to fire, pending investigation.

San Francisco Police Department released a photo of the firearm from the scene of an officer-involved shooting in September 2017 (Photo: SFPD)

The man killed by San Francisco officers in Nob Hill last month seemingly fired three bullets as he took his family hostage, police say.

The San Francisco Police Department held a town hall meeting Tuesday night to address the death of Damian Murray, 46, who was shot on Sept. 24 when officers forced their way into a Salmon Street apartment. Police responded to a domestic violence call, involving a weapon, the night before around 11:35 p.m. and entered a standoff until 2:50 a.m.

Murray’s 41-year-old girlfriend and their two children, ages 5 and 11, were inside the apartment when police arrived and heard a woman yelling for help. Murray had told the police to get back or he would start shooting before police heard what sounded like a gunshot.

Police released a 20-second video, clipped from body camera footage, but sections of it were blocked out to protect identities of the victims and police tactical maneuvers, according to Chief William Scott. The video is more than 60 minutes total.

Officer Jason Robinson, a 15-year veteran, and Officer Wilrolan Ravelo, a nine-year veteran, fired two shots each when they entered the bedroom where Murray and his family were. The video came from one officer, who had their audio muted, and the other officer didn’t have his body camera on during the shooting, Bay City News reports. 

“It’s important to know that we responded to a domestic violence situation where after three hours of negotiating the incident developed quickly into a life-or-death situation,” Commander Greg McEachern says. “This was a difficult situation for the officers to navigate.”

Murray was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and died from his injuries.

Police recovered a gun at the scene and say it appeared to have been shot at least three times, Bay City News reports. They declined to say whether Murray had been armed with it when police entered the room, whether officers felt endangered, or what exactly prompted them to fire their firearms, saying the case is still under investigation.

At least one bullet hole was etched in the apartment from a bullet flying through the wall and into the alley, police say. A woman named Cindy, who declined to give her last name, told police that one bullet landed in the dining room of her 92-year-old grandmother and another deflected off her window frame.

“She’s quite shaken by it,” Cindy says. “Nothing like this has ever happened like this in the neighborhood.”

 

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