On Sunday evening, a San Francisco man who wanted to kill himself but lacked the courage to do it recruited unsuspecting cops to shoot him dead.
Confused? Let’s break it down.
According to the Associated Press, 32-year old Matthew Hoffman was spotted by three sergeants loitering around the parking lot of the Mission District Police station, which is restricted to the public. After he was ordered to leave, Hoffman began walking away but then stopped in the middle of the driveway, blocking the officers.
He was again ordered to leave and he began backing away, facing the sergeants as he did so with his hands in his shirt pockets. When he was told to show his hands, he lifted up his sweater and brandished what looked like the butt of a handgun.
Then Hoffman pulled out the supposed gun – which is actually an altered toy gun – at the cops … and that was when two of the officers opened fire, killing him.
Now what the sergeants didn’t know was that Hoffman was deliberately using them to end his own life. This they finally realized after they found a suicide note in Hoffman’s phone titled, ‘Dear Officer(s)’, where he said the officers ‘ended the life of a man who was too much of a coward to do it himself.’
‘Please, don’t blame yourself. I used you. I took advantage of you,’ the suicide note ended.
Police are currently investigating the suicide-by-cop incident. The sergeants involved have been placed on 10 days of paid administrative leave, which is normal practice in any shootings.