01/26/2010

Chief says Calif. police shooting was 'suicide by cop'

Police fatally shot a man coming at them with a machete

San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — A 65-year-old San Francisco man who was shot to death by police after he allegedly came at them with a machete had called his doctor minutes before to say he was going to "try to take them out when they come to take me," police said.

Police officials released a tape of Edward Lemarr Smith's call to his physician Monday, two days after an officer shot and killed Smith just outside his home at 87 Maynard St. in the Excelsior neighborhood.

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