Pacifica Man Killed in Standoff with Daly City SWAT Team

Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic
Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic

34-year-old Errol Chang barricaded himself in his house on March 18th, located on the 300 block of San Pedro Avenue in Pacifica CA.

According to SF Gate, after a six-hour standoff, Daly City SWAT team forced their way into the house.  In a state of confusion and panic, Chang stabbed one of the officers, the SWAT team responded by opening fire upon Chang, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

SWAT taking aim at Chang's house. Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic
SWAT taking aim at Chang’s house.
Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic

According to Pacifica Patch, Chang had mental health issues, including schizophrenia, and was suicidal.

Chang’s parents called the cops on him after he started having a paranoia attack, and began wielding an axe.

Chang attempting to communicate with police. Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic
Chang attempting to communicate with police.
Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic

The SWAT team attempted to communicate with Chang, but failed. So the SWAT team rushed the house, threw flash-bang grenades through the windows, and broke the door down, where the fatal incident took place.

SWAT team engaging the house. Photo Courtesy of Ski-Epic
SWAT team engaging the house.
Photo Courtesy of Ski-Epic

The family’s attorney, Kenneth Quigley, said, “There’s no reason you have to break in and kill someone who’s barricaded in a room or a house… If he’s not endangering someone… he’s going to get tired, he’s going to go to sleep, he’s going to get hungry, he’s going to come out eventually.”

Medical units engage house after shots fired. Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic
Medical units engage house after shots fired.
Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic

The neighborhood is very shocked and saddened for what happened on March 18.

Investigations are still underway to determine whether the killing of Errol Chang was justified.

Neighbors leave flowers and stuffed animals in respect of Chang's death. Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic
Neighbors leave flowers and stuffed animals in respect of Chang’s death.
Photo courtesy of Ski-Epic
Candlelight Vigil taking place in from of Chang's house, in respect of his death. Photo courtesy of Danny Dickow
Candlelight Vigil taking place in fromt of Chang’s house, in respect of his death.
Photo courtesy of Danny Dickow

Memorial services were held at noon, on April 12, at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary.

 

Click here to watch a clip of the six hour standoff.

Donate to Errol Chang’s memorial service by clicking here.

 

 

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