Officers were dispatched to a home near Washington High School on 31st Avenue following a distress call at approximately 2:30 a.m.
As one officer engaged in conversation with an 84-year-old man at the doorway, the suspect, armed with a knife, advanced towards both individuals. In response, the officer discharged their weapon, resulting in the suspect being shot. He was subsequently transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Upon entering the residence, law enforcement discovered the lifeless bodies of the 76-year-old woman and the deceased dog.
The 84-year-old male victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.
A neighbor, Effie Bountouvas, who resides next door and had known the family for over three decades, identified the couple as Barbara and Rolland Child. She revealed that the adopted son, Marc Child, was the individual who was shot and killed. Bountouvas described him as intelligent and well-educated, referring to his professional background in accounting and law. She expressed her belief that he had lost control, resulting in the tragic incident where he took the life of his mother and the dog.
Effie Bountouvas, deeply saddened by the events, remembered Barbara as a close companion, stating, "She was like a sister to me. She was a wonderful person, may she rest in peace."
The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is currently investigating the killings, and a town hall meeting to address this distressing incident will be held within the next ten days.
Officer Eve Laokwansathitaya acknowledged the profound impact of the tragedy, stating, "It's upsetting for all of us, it's upsetting for the community, the neighborhood, the officers, especially the officers that responded to the scene and had to deal with such a horrendous event."
Supervisor Connie Chan released a statement expressing condolences for the loss of life and emphasizing the collaborative efforts between the Police Department, Richmond District Police Station, and the community to ensure safety in the area.
Effie Bountouvas, still grappling with the shock, lamented the tragedy, remarking, "It's a tragic thing to happen... It's really a shame because it was a beautiful family. A beautiful family. Beautiful neighbors."