(SAN FRANCISCO) LATEST: Police on Wednesday shot a man carrying a knife who charged at them in a residential hotel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: Ajmal Amani, 41, was shot Friday morning in the narrow corridor of the building on South of Market after threatening several people with a large kitchen knife. He was shot in the stomach and leg and died at a hospital.

#AceDailyNews says according to AP News Report: A Knife-wielding Man screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ charges police and he is killed: San Francisco Police say he was an Ex-Afghan Interpreter,” Associated Press, November 25, 2021:

Amani was a former Afghan interpreter for U.S. special forces who had been shot several times during more than five years of service and struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, his former lawyer, his case manager and a property manager told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Amani was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in 2019 for allegedly slashing a city park ranger with a box cutter who said he appeared to be in an “altered mental state.”

Amani was ordered to undergo mental health diversion which he completed this year and was living in a city-rented room at the residential hotel.

Police were called to the hotel on Friday morning by reports that a man was screaming and yelling and had a knife. Amani’s case manager also called 911 to report that a co-worker said Amani was having “a really bad episode.”

On Wednesday, police released hotel surveillance video and footage from officers’ body cameras. They show Amani holding and gesturing with the knife, confronting two people, including someone who is fending him off with a broom, then walking past other people into a room.

When two officers arrive, the man with the broom tells them that Amani had threatened to kill him.

An officer tells the radio dispatcher that they can hear Amani screaming.

According to body camera video, the officers remain in the corridor and try to talk to Amani, who is in a room. Amani swears and tells them to leave him alone and one officer says “nobody wants to hurt you.”

Less than a minute later, Amani charges down the hallway and is shot after an officer shouts: “Stay there! Stay there!”

Police said Amani was holding a knife with a 6-inch blade. He was shot four times with a handgun and three times with bean-bag projectiles.

As Amani lay on the ground, still moving, more officers arrived. They waited several minutes to cautiously approach him, then handcuffed him and used CPR and a tourniquet on him before paramedics arrived….

“Man Shot and Killed by SF Police was Former Afghan Interpreter,” by Michael Barba, San Francisco Standard, November 23, 2021

Years before San Francisco police shot and killed him, 41-year-old Ajmal Amani helped translate for Navy SEALS fighting in Afghanistan.

Amani was an Afghan interpreter who contracted with the U.S. government over the course of a decade, according to Scott Grant, a deputy public defender who later represented him in a criminal court case.

He survived being shot multiple times during his five-year tenure working with the military, but struggled with severe post-traumatic stress disorder after coming to the U.S. on a visa in 2014, Grant said.

“He suffered some of the most horrific trauma anyone could have gone through,” Grant told the SF Standard.

Amani was shot and killed by police last Friday morning after officers responded to a report of a man with a knife at the Covered Wagon Hotel at 917 Folsom St., a residential hotel in South of Market….

This was not the first time Amani had a run-in with the law.

In November 2019, Amani was arrested after crashing a woman’s car near the Seventh Street off-ramp of Highway 80 in San Francisco. He was accused of using a boxcutter to cut a city park ranger who stopped at the scene of the crash and tried to pull him from the vehicle, according to Grant.

Grant said Amani was in the midst of a “clear mental health episode.”

Amani faced attempted murder and other charges in connection with the incident, but a judge dismissed the attempted murder charge at a preliminary hearing, Grant said. The remaining assault charges against him were dismissed after he completed mental health diversion in August….

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.29: 2021:

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