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Video: Homeless Suspect Slashes Throat of CHP Officer in San Francisco

February 02, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Homeless Suspect Slashes Throat of CHP Officer in San Francisco

A California Highway Patrol officer was stabbed at the entrance to the Bay Bridge and a fleeing suspect arrested in San Francisco’s South of Market area Tuesday morning.

Officers originally responded to a call of a pedestrian on the Essex on-ramp near the site of a homeless encampment at around 9:30 a.m.

A suspect was encountered at the scene and apparently slashed the CHP officer's throat following some sort of confrontation, according to the CHP. A second CHP officer then chased the suspect but stopped and called paramedics when he saw his partner was down, the CHP told KPIX TV.

The suspect was caught shortly after in the area of Fourth and Brannan Streets. A  knife was found on the ground at the scene.

The name of the suspect, who appears to be homeless, is not yet being released, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The injured CHP officer was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, but was expected to survive after surgery.

Comments (21)

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tedb @ 2/2/2016 3:12 PM

What do you want to bet it's another illegal alien released under the previous Sheriff's "Hug A Mojado" program?

Tom Ret @ 2/2/2016 3:23 PM

San Francisco has a new candidate for their thug appreciation and remembrance day.

Lt Roy Smith LASD @ 2/2/2016 3:31 PM

He must not have read the memo about 'de-esclating' a volatile confrontation. Next thing is SF Cheif may ask CHP not to patrol their city..

HRPufnstuf @ 2/2/2016 4:48 PM

Yep, we need kinder, gentler, unarmed cops (no Tasers either) to deal sensitively with these poor misunderstood citizens.

Bonnie boley @ 2/2/2016 5:00 PM

Sending positive thoughts and prayers ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ข

Mike @ 2/2/2016 5:01 PM

Wait a minute, why wasn't he shot? He attacked a LE officer with a weapon in a way that could have killed have killed the officer and then fled. He presents a continued danger to the public and LE. Why would the pursuing officer not stop this threat? I'm hoping by just not having a shot? A question similar to this used to be on oral boards in CA and this was what departments reasoning was. What am i missing?

Bonnie boley @ 2/2/2016 5:01 PM

Sending positive thoughts and prayers๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Rich cairns @ 2/2/2016 7:06 PM

Disgusting homeless people are in charge in sf
All politicians are scum

Susan Carmichael @ 2/2/2016 8:47 PM

Thinking the suspect wasn't shot because 2nd officer stopped to save his partners life. Good enough for me. Suspect in custody, I'm sure there will be justice along the way and in court.

Robert @ 2/2/2016 11:03 PM

Mike...please tell me that your are not saying...because the LEO was legally allowed (justified) to shoot the suspect; therefore he should have shot the suspect?
Because that is what it sounds like to me.

Jan @ 2/2/2016 11:26 PM

Politicans have handcuffed Police .. the Liberals are making all of us in danger.. thoughts and prayers for the Policeman

Jan @ 2/2/2016 11:27 PM

Politicans have handcuff the Police putting the rest of citizens and Police in Danger.. Prayers for healing for the Police..

Mike @ 2/3/2016 1:25 AM

Robert, not iust based on what is within policy or legal. Depending on mitigating factors though, the suspect could have escaped. This would allow the suspect to assault and possibly kill another officer in a future contact. The pursuing officer in this case could have alleviated that threat and rendered aid to his partner had he stopped the threat sooner. Thats all i'm saying.

Mike @ 2/3/2016 1:34 AM

Just a follow up thought, but its the same with an active shooter. If your partner or a civilian goes down, you push forward to stop the continuing threat. Follow up units triage and treat casualties.

132&Bush @ 2/3/2016 2:43 PM

"Suspect in custody, I'm sure there will be justice along the way and in court." No Susan you can't, not in SF.

Mike @ 2/4/2016 8:48 PM

Maybe cops will think twice now about attacking homeless people.

Phil @ 2/5/2016 8:50 AM

You don't push forward if your partners bleeding to death. The second officer did exactly what he should have done. The knife was left at the scene. They had a description of the suspect and I am sure if he posed a threat the responding officer would have met that threat with lethal force. This is the problem with the world, it will always be the bad against the good. We should be sending prayers out to him and his family and working with our so-called politicians to do their jobs or vote them out!

SGT JJ @ 2/5/2016 11:05 AM

I agree with Phil. You first take care of your partner and then push forward. My question in this incident is more towards the training of officers. Not being there, I would not second guess the victim officer, but hope I would keep the suspect at arms distance until I determined the threat and acted accordingly.

Kurt Hilden @ 2/12/2016 10:33 AM

I am so very grateful that both CHP officers will be ok. Our capitalist system is the cause of homelessness--law enforcement have to do the dirty work to enable the 1% to thrive. We'd have anarchy without these brave in blue or tan, etc.

Allan @ 2/12/2016 11:30 AM

Mike, Mike, Mike!!! If you had a clue. I feel sorry for your type. You are s lost soul with no hope of common sense.

Larry Romero @ 2/12/2016 1:07 PM

Iam happy the CHP officer and his partner are safe. Again I was not there. This could happen to any of us in law enforcement. God love the " fill " officer for staying with his partner. I wish the victim officer a speedie recovery.

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