San Francisco police say man attacked Speaker Pelosi’s husband with a hammer

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said police arrived early Friday morning at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home where her husband, Paul Pelosi, and an intruder were holding a hammer. Chief Scott said the suspect then struck Pelosi with the hammer. The suspect is now in custody and will be charged with crimes related to the alleged assault.

Video transcript

WILLIAM SCOTT: At approximately 2:27 this morning, San Francisco police officers were dispatched to the residence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding an A priority well-being check. When the officers arrived on scene, they encountered an adult male and Mr. Pelosi's husband Paul. Our officers observed Mrs. Pelosi and the suspect both holding a hammer. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mrs. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it. Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup, and rendered medical aid.

The suspect has been identified as 42-year-old David DePape. Mr. Pelosi and Mr. DePape were transported to a local hospital for treatment. This is an active investigation currently being led by the San Francisco Police Department Special Investigations division. We are working closely with our partners from the FBI, the US Attorney's Office, the US Capitol Police, and our district attorney here in San Francisco County DA Brooke Jenkins and her team.

The motive for this attack is still being determined. Mr. DePape will be booked at the San Francisco County Jail on the following charges-- attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and several other additional felonies.