Bay Area man threatened to fight arresting officers ‘one-on-one,’ feds say

SAN FRANCISCO — A man arrested on suspicion of gun possession threatened to murder a San Francisco cop, and challenged one of the arresting officers to a “one-on-one” fight, according to federal prosecutors.

Luapou Lacuan Lee, of San Francisco, pleaded guilty late last month to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, a federal offense. The charges stem from a September arrest, when officers responded to a report of a fight at a Jack in the Box in the Tenderloin, where the manager identified Lee as a suspect, according to the criminal complaint.

Lee first allegedly led police on a foot chase, then attempted to physically resist the officers, the complaint says. While multiple officers were forcing him into the back of a squad car, Lee reportedly singled one out and challenged the officer to a fight, adding that he would “whoop your (expletive) one-on-one,” the complaint says.

Lee then promised the officers he would “remember” them, and added, “You’ve got kids, you’re not going to live longer than them.” Later, at the police station, he told an officer, “I’ll kill you with my bare hands,” told another, “I will beat your (expletive),” and added he would spit in an officer’s face, the complaint says.

A loaded .380 pistol was found on Lee during the incident, the complaint alleges. Authorities say Lee has ties to a San Francisco-based gang, and several prior arrests.

Lee is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

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