Police chief to visit Excelsior about officer shooting 

The City’s oft-overlooked Excelsior district will get a visit from The City’s police chief Thursday to discuss last week’s officer-involved shooting of a 65-year-old veteran.

Police Chief George Gascon and the district’s Supervisor John Avalos will attend a presentation at the Excelsior Teen Center about the death of Edward Smith at his home in Mission Terrace.

Police officers went to the house for a welfare check, and Smith confronted them, refusing to take his hands from behind his back. According to police, Smith then lunged at the officers with a 19-inch machete. One officer shot him at least three times and killed him, police have said.

In a press conference Monday, Gascon described the incident as “classic suicide-by-cop.” He played a tape of a message Smith had left for his doctor immediately before the shooting, in which he said, “So I’m going to try to take them out when they come to take me away. It’s all over today, doctor. It’s all over today.”

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the center located at 4468 Mission Street.

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