Former Afghan interpreter Ajmal Amani was shot dead in San Francisco last week after attacking police with a knife.
This was not the first time Amani was charged with assault. In 2019 Ajmal Amani was arrested after allegedly slashing a city park ranger with a box cutter.
ABC News reported:
Police on Wednesday released video of officers shooting a knife-wielding man who charged at them in a residential hotel.
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.
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.”