Vinh Bui, Stabbing Suspect Killed By SFPD -- UPDATED

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UPDATE: More details emerge. See end

SF Weekly
has learned from the city medical examiner's office that the man shot to death by San Francisco police when he allegedly approached an officer while brandishing a knife is San Francisco resident Vinh Bui, 46.

Police responded to a call that a 15-year-old girl was being attacked and entered a home in the 600 block of Bacon Street in the Portola neighborhood at around 4 p.m. yesterday. It is not yet known what relationship, if any, existed between Bui and the stabbing victim. The 15-year-old was treated and released for non-life-threatening stab wounds.

The SPFD announced yesterday that its "preliminary investigation indicates the officer's actions were within policy." Police are not yet willing to provide any updates regarding the matter.

Police Chief George Gascon will host a community meeting regarding the shooting today at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, located at 465 Woolsey.

Update, 11:25 a.m.: More details have emerged regarding the shooting of Vinh Bui. Police Chief George Gascon said the 46-year-old San Franciscan was residing at the home in the 600 block of Bacon in which he was fatally shot and knew the girl he is accused of stabbing -- "but we don't believe they were family members."

Bui, according to Gascon, had a history of mental illness stretching back at least a decade. He apparently reacted violently to loud noises -- and a bevy of young teenagers were interacting within earshot. "The kids were playing and making lots of noise, and apparently he reacted to that."

Gascon described the knife he brandished at a police officer before being fatally shot as "a scalpel or something similar to a scalpel." Bui is described as "completely bilingual," meaning he ostensibly understood officers' order to drop the weapon.

The 15-year-old stabbing victim was described as "very lightly injured." It is not yet known how many times Bui was shot.

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