[Hpn] SFGate: 55-year-old identified as man shot to death by S.F. police

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 (SF Chronicle)
55-year-old identified as man shot to death by S.F. police
Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer

   (01-29) 11:59 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- (01-29) 11:59 PST SAN FRANCISCO - A
homeless panhandler who was shot to death by San Francisco police Sunday
after allegedly lunging at officers with a knife was identified today as
55-year-old Leonard Michael Cole.
   Cole died at San Francisco General Hospital at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, about
three hours after a confrontation with police near Russian Hill, said the
city medical examiner.
   Police said someone complained about Cole panhandling on the median strip
of Van Ness Avenue at Greenwich Street, prompting an officer to respond
and attempt to cite Cole.
   Cole ran east on Greenwich Street up a hill, and the officer called for
backup. At Polk Street, police said, the officer and two colleagues who
had pulled up in a marked squad car approached Cole, who turned toward
them with a knife that had an 8-inch blade.
   The officers repeatedly ordered Cole to drop the knife, but instead he
lunged with it, prompting one of the officers to open fire, police said.
   Under city protocol, the shooting will be investigated by the Police
Department's office of management control and homicide division, as well
as the district attorney and civilian-run Office of Citizen Complaints.

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