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Man who committed suicide by cop leaves note to officers: ‘you did nothing wrong’

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A man who was shot and killed by San Francisco police Sunday for brandishing a fake gun left behind an apparent suicide note.

Matthew Hoffman, 32, explained to police that he used them to commit what is known as suicide by cop in a note provided to BuzzFeed that was released by the San Francisco Police Department with permission from his father.

San Francisco Police
Photo credit KTVU.

Dear Officer(s),
You did nothing wrong. You ended the life of a man who was too much of a coward to do it himself. I provoked you. I threatened your life as well as the lives of those around me. You were completely within your legal rights to do what you did. You followed protocols. You did everything right. I just want to find peace within myself. I am so sad and I am so lonely. There is no place for me here. Please, don’t blame yourself. I used you. I took advantage of you. I am so lost and I am so hopeless. God made a mistake with me. I shouldn’t be here. Please, take solace in knowing that the situation was out of your control. You had no other choice.

It wasn’t Hoffman’s first interaction with police that day, Police Chief Greg Suhr told KTVU.

“This suspect, earlier today on Sixteenth Street, approached other officers and inquired about what kind of weapons we carry, which the officers at the time found very curious,” he said.

He also asked them if the department had been involved in any recent officer-involved shootings.

In 2014 the San Francisco Police Department was involved in nine shootings, four of them fatal, according to KTVU.

Carmine Sabia


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