Man injured in Bernal Heights fight dies, suspect charged with murder 

The victim of a vicious Bernal Heights brawl in which cops had to use pepper-spray to take down the attacker has died, authorities said Wednesday.

Sherman Brown, 59, passed away at a hospital Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.

Brown was badly beaten, his face covered in blood, when cops found him in the 400 block of Prentiss Street just after 7 p.m.

He had gotten into a fight and was beaten until he blacked out, police said.

A witness pointed out the attacker to officers, but arresting him wasn’t easy. The suspect, 32-year-old Anthony Pacrem, allegedly swung at a cop, then began “flailing his arms around,” which caused him to lose balance and fall to the ground, police said.

Even while on the ground, the man fought off police. Cops used pepper spray to finally halt the fighting and handcuff Pacrem, police said.

Brown was rushed to the hospital. Police initially said doctors feared he had lost his right eye in the fight. Less than two months later, Brown was dead.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office amended the charge against Pacrem from attempted murder to murder.

Pacrem had not yet entered a plea. On Thursday, he will be arraigned on the murder charge at San Francisco General Hospital, where he is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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