Fatal stabbing in Lower Haight deemed self-defense 

A fatal stabbing in the Lower Haight neighborhood during a fight last week has been deemed self-defense, keeping the alleged stabber from facing criminal charges.

The man, who has not been identified, was allegedly assaulted by Anthony Jones, 53, at about 10:50 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of Page Street, police said.

Police said the man stabbed Jones, a San Francisco resident, after Jones attacked him with a shovel.

Both men were taken to a hospital, where Jones later died.

Police sent the case to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

District attorney spokesman Seth Steward said Wednesday that the man who stabbed Jones will not be prosecuted for the death.

"If it happened as a result of someone defending themselves, then legally they don't have to be charged," police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The fatal stabbing was one of two violent incidents that have occured in the Lower Haight neighborhood within one week.

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