Witness stories diverge in case of SF deputy who allegedly pulled gun on parking enforcement officer 

More details have emerged about why the District Attorney’s Office won’t be charging a sheriff’s deputy who allegedly pulled a gun on an off-duty parking enforcement officer in December.

Scott Osha, treasurer of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs Association who’s been a deputy with the department since 2005, will not be charged because independent witnesses who saw the event have differing stories, according to the DA’s Office.

“An independent witness gave a conflicting account of what occurred, which puts the case in a different light,” DA spokesman Alex Bastian said.

Osha was alleged to have pulled a pistol from his trunk after a minor fender bender erupted into an argument on Gilbert Street.

Parking enforcement officer Scott Ong claimed he was getting out of his Acura 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, allegedly went to his trunk and brought out a bag, pulled out a revolver and set it atop the trunk, telling Ong he’d messed with a cop.

Harry Stern, Osha’s lawyer, claims Ong was the hothead. Stern said Ong became aggressive after the alleged fender bender and said, “’I’m gonna beat your ass, even in front of my kids.’”

Osha tried to calm Ong down, Stern said. When Ong said he was gonna go to his car and get out a baseball bat, Osha took his badge, holster and pistol out of a briefcase and told Ong if he attempted to hit him with the bat he’d defend himself. “He never pointed a gun at him and the gun never came out of the holster,” said Stern.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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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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