Man wielding knife killed by cops 

In a bizarre incident Wednesday, San Francisco police officers shot and killed an apparent murder suspect who charged them while brandishing two butcher knives, police reported.

Two patrol officers investigating a rash of burglaries in the South of Market area saw a man leaning over the top of a white Jeep at the intersection of Seventh and Market streets at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Chief Heather Fong said Wednesday afternoon.

Two men in the Jeep beckoned to the officers, who pulled their squad car up behind the Jeep, Fong said.

That’s when the unidentified man "approached the officers and lunged at them," while waving a knife in each hand, Fong said. The officers shot the man, who was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital.

But the man was no ordinary carjacker.

Just minutes earlier, Fong said, paramedics and police had been called for a man who was found bleeding from stab wounds in the ground-floor hallway of an apartment building at 786 Brannan St., just around the corner from the shooting. The man with the knives is the suspect in that stabbing, Fong said. The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office identified Marvin Harris, 59, as the victim.

The two men in the Jeep said the man with the knives ran up to their vehicle and ordered them to drive him away. When they refused, he tried to stab them through the open sunroof of the Jeep, "narrowly missing actually cutting the occupants," Fong said. That’s when the patrol officers showed up.

"I think, to see a radio car driving down the street when somebody’s trying to stab at you with a butcher knife, I think they’re grateful," Fong said.

Per department policy, the two officers have been removed from patrol duty while an investigation into the shooting takes place. Fong declined to identify the officers or to discuss their experience until the probe closes.

amartin@examiner.com

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