SF deputy alleged to have pulled gun on parking officer will not be charged 

click to enlarge The Gilbert Street alley where an argument between a sheriff's deputy and parking officer allegedly happened in shown here. - MIKE KOOZMIN/SF EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner
  • The Gilbert Street alley where an argument between a sheriff's deputy and parking officer allegedly happened in shown here.
A sheriff’s deputy accused of pulling a gun on a man across the street from the Hall of Justice in December will not be charged for any criminal offense, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Osha, treasurer of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs Association, a veteran deputy who has been with the department since 2005, will not be charged by the District Attorney’s Office in relation to an incident that occurred late last year, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said Friday.

“My client fully cooperated by giving voluntary statements to the Police Department as well as a statement to internal affairs,” said Osha’s attorney Harry Stern, who added that the outcome comes as no surprise given the facts. “It’s my belief that Mr. Ong was the initial aggressor and remained so during the course of this incident.”

But Eric Safire, Scott Ong’s lawyer, said in a message that he and his client are disappointed that no prosecution will go forward. Ong is a parking enforcement officer in the Department of Parking and Transportation.

The claim that there’s insufficient evidence to prosecute is curious, Safire said, since there was more than one witness to the incident, and that’s been enough to charge people in other cases.

“I guess the district attorney doesn’t believe public defenders and DPT workers,” said Safire, referring to some of the incident’s witnesses. Osha was alleged to have pulled a pistol from his trunk after a minor fender bender erupted into an argument on Gilbert Street, feet away from the union’s office.

Ong claimed he was getting out of his Acura across from the Hall of Justice Dec. 28 when a white Volkswagen tapped his front bumper. When the Volkswagen’s driver got out of the car and said nothing, Ong told the man he had tapped his car.

An argument ensued and the Volkswagen’s driver, which sources later confirmed was Osha, went to his trunk and brought out a bag and set it on the back of the car, according to Ong. Then, Osha allegedly pulled a revolver out of the bag and set it atop the trunk, telling Ong that he had messed with a cop. The incident ended when Ong yelled “police brutality.”


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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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