“San Francisco Man Shot Dead by Police After Interfering in Arrest and Pointing Gun at Officers”

A San Francisco man was fatally shot by police in Bayview-Hunters Point after attempting to intervene in an arrest and brandishing a gun at officers. The incident occurred when Ryant Bluford drew a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers, resulting in his immediate shooting. The officers involved have been identified, and the shooting has been documented in a released video. Bluford had a history of violence, including a previous conviction for gang rape. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. shooting-man-threatened-to-kill-officers-drew-gun/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>The San Francisco Standard reported

A San Francisco resident was fatally shot by police in Bayview-Hunters Point after attempting to intervene in an arrest and pointing a firearm at the officers, authorities announced on Friday. According to San Francisco Police Acting Cmdr. Mark Im, 41-year-old Ryant Bluford drew a handgun from his waistband and directed it towards the officers, resulting in them shooting him before 3 p.m. on July 26 at Catalina Street and Fairfax Avenue. The two officers who discharged their weapons were identified as Marko Radin, a four-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, and Peter Van Zandt, who has been with the department for six years. In an effort to provide details of the incident, the police released a video of the fatal encounter. The shooting occurred after Bluford attempted to prevent undercover officers from apprehending an individual with an outstanding arrest warrant, prompting the officers to request backup. Bluford allegedly threatened the officers and revealed a gun tucked into his waistband. According to the police, Bluford exclaimed, “On my momma’s soul, uncuff him right now before I kill one of you.” As Bluford stood in the middle of the street with his hand near his waistband, backup officers from Bayview Station confronted him. Body-camera footage shows one officer repeatedly commanding Bluford to raise his hands or face being shot in the head while aiming a rifle at him. The video shows Bluford defiantly raising his middle finger to the police, brandishing the pistol, and pointing it towards the officers, who subsequently fired at him. The incident led to the postponement of the neighborhood National Night Out event, which was initially scheduled for August 1, as announced by Bayview Station Capt. David Maron. Bluford had a history of violent offenses, including a conviction in the 2006 gang rape of a 16-year-old girl, as reported by the news site Mission Local. Multiple entities are currently conducting an investigation into the shooting..