Coroner’s Jury: SF cop committed suicide at Hilltop Mall last year

Coroner's Jury: SF cop committed suicide at Hilltop Mall last year
The scene of the suicide on Dec. 18, 2017.

A Coroner’s Jury has reached a finding that confirms a San Francisco police officer committed suicide during a traffic stop in the Shops at Hilltop parking lot on December 18, 2017, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff announced Wednesday.

The jury reached its verdict after hearing witness testimony regarding the death of 49-year-old Richmond resident Antonio Cacatian, who fatally shot himself about 1:50 p.m. in the Walmart lot.

Sheriff David Livingston launches a Coroner’s Inquest in the event of fatal incidents involving police officers. It involves a public hearing during which a jury rules on the manner of a person’s death, with the options being accident, suicide, natural causes and at the hands of another person, other than by accident, according to the sheriff’s office.

At the time of his death, Cacatian, who had been employed by SFPD for nine years, was under investigation by Las Vegas police for a 2014 case of inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile.

San Francisco police had asked Richmond police to pull Cacatian in order to serve a search warrant, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan told local media at the time. As officers approached Cacatian’s car, he shot himself, police said.

To gain safe entrance into the vehicle, which had tinted windows, non-lethal lethal bean bag rounds were fired by officers, Tan said.

Cacatian was declared dead at the scene.