The San Francisco Police Department fatally shot a man after a three-hour standoff in which he drank vodka and snorted cocaine.
Sergio Barrios, 40, snorted cocaine, drank vodka and wine, listened to music and watched videos as dozens of police surrounded him, demanding he return a gun he had sat down behind him.
Eventually, when Barrios removed his rosary and moved his hand to the gun, he was shot with three fatal bullets from a police rifle, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
The incident, which happened on the afternoon of May 19, began when a neighbor of Barrios called police to say he had broken into their home and was armed with a gun. ‘gun.
The San Francisco Police Department shot and killed a man after a three-hour standoff in which he drank vodka and snorted cocaine
Police body camera footage captured the moment Barrios reached out and grabbed the gun which was sitting a few feet ahead of him on the ground
At around 2:20 p.m., SFPD officers responded to the call from the 100 block of Bosworth Street in the Glen Park area.
He told police he recognized Barrios from a previous incident in 2021 in which he shot and killed his own dog.
At around 2:20 p.m., SFPD officers responded to the call from the 100 block of Bosworth Street in the Glen Park neighborhood, San Francisco Police Commander Paul Yep said at a news conference on Friday .
Surveillance footage from the residential building at that time showed Barrios walking near the backyard with a hammer slung over his shoulder.
When the first officers arrived, the caller directed them to an alley between a house and a garage where Barrios was seen on video standing with a gun in one hand and a bottle of liquor in the other.
When officers then ordered Barrios to drop the gun, he threw it a few feet in front of him and crouched in a sitting position. He also threw a set of wrenches at his pistol.
Over the next three and a half hours, 55 officers arrived on the scene, including Spanish-speaking liaison officers and an armored vehicle. SFPD set up a command post and staging area with the armored vehicle and formed a perimeter around the area.
Around the time police were first called about Barrios, building surveillance footage showed him walking around with a hammer slung over his shoulder.
SFPD established a command post outside the building. More than 55 officers attended the scene, including a Spanish-speaking officer who was trying to communicate through a public address system
When police told Barrios they wanted him to turn the gun in and out because his family was worried about him, he replied, “Which family?”
Barrios was given orders in Spanish to step away from the gun, but he generally ignored all instructions.
Officers tried to call his cell phone and encouraged him via a public address system to answer the phone, but he did not answer.
Police also coordinated with his family and played several voice notes recorded by one of his relatives over the PA system in hopes it would calm him down.
They told him through the system that his family was out and they were worried about him, to which he replied in Spanish, “My family? What a family ?
Police saw him pull out a dollar bill, which appeared to contain cocaine, and snort the substance. He was also drinking both a bottle of vodka and another bottle of wine.
“He’s got coke on a dollar bill, he’s snorting coke right now,” police were heard saying in body-worn camera footage.
“The coke kicks in,” we might hear a few moments later. “He did another round of coke, he’s snorting more cocaine.”
As Barrios was shot with three fatal shots from a police rifle, he collapsed to the ground and police flooded the alley
When they cleared the scene, the police discovered a loaded .44 caliber pistol with three rounds
Police also found two separate liquor bottles he had been seen drinking from.
Eventually, Barrios was seen in police video removing a rosary from around his neck and, a little later, moving his hand to the gun and keys. As he did, several officers were heard shouting “No”, but he quickly grabbed the keys and pulled his arm away.
Moments later, at around 5:50 p.m., he went for the gun and the police fired, knocking him to the ground from a hunched position.
He was taken to hospital and immediately taken care of by medical personnel, but later died of his injuries.
When police cleared the scene, they recovered a .44 caliber pistol, loaded with three rounds, a bottle of vodka and a bottle of wine, among other items.
The shooting is the first time San Francisco police have killed a person during current District Attorney Brooke Jenkins’ tenure.
His prosecutors will decide whether criminal charges will be filed against Buhagiar, a 22-year veteran of the SFPD, who shot Barrios. This was not his first involvement in a fatal shooting.
He was one of seven officers who in 2018 fired bullets into a vehicle after a murder suspect fired two shots from inside.