A man shot and killed by police yesterday in the Financial District after allegedly slashing a co-worker with a box cutter was identified as Pralith Pralourng, 32, of Oakland.
Pralourng was shot twice in the chest by an unidentified female police officer at Washington and Davis streets about 10:25 a.m. after he ran a few blocks south from his workplace at the TCHO chocolate factory on Pier 17 along The Embarcadero. Police said Pralourng brandished the box cutter when he was confronted by officers, only one of whom fired rounds.
The slashing victim — who was treated for his injuries and released from San Francisco General Hospital Wednesday — chased Pralourng and left behind a trail of blood.
Internet chatter, including some from the Occupy San Francisco Twitter feed, said police had handcuffed Pralourng before shooting him, but spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said that’s not at all what happened.
“That’s blatantly not the case,” Esparza said. “We have undisputable evidence that he was shot with the weapon in his hand.”
Esparza declined to go into detail about what the evidence is. Esparza said Pralourng was shot and then quickly handcuffed, but when police determined the severity of the gunshot wounds, CPR was administered.
Esparza said police are still seeking witnesses who might have seen what happened on street level and at the chocolate factory. The officer who shot Pralourng is currently on leave while the incident is investigated.