Lee, Michael, 43

San Francisco


2010-09-26 19:23:19+002010Michael Lee, a man with mental illness, was shot when police responded to a noise complaint at the Granada Hotel, a retirement community at 1000 Sutter St. in the Nob Hill neighborhood where Lee lived, at about 11:10 a.m. Management called police after residents complained of loud music coming from Lee's seventh floor apartment, and Lee refused to turn the music down, police said. Mr. Lee was born and raised in Michigan, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1991 with an engineering degree. Scott Hodges, Mr. Lee’s conservator, said Mr. Lee had a severe case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a condition that accounted for his short attention span, restlessness, lack of focus and impulsiveness. Even medicated, Mr. Lee had difficulty following directions, and people found him hard to understand. He spoke excitedly of his inventions, like a solar-powered amplifier for his guitar, but abandoned hundreds of half-completed projects, filling his room with piles of unused electronic parts. “He described himself sometimes as a mad-scientist type,” said Lawrence Siracusa, a lawyer who represented Mr. Lee. Although San Francisco ordered the police to initiate crisis intervention training in 1001, Mr. Lee’s death raised new questions about how San Francisco police officers are trained to deal with the mentally ill and whether the department has sufficient resources to prepare for complex situations that can arise when officers come in contact with individuals who are behaving erratically.Otherhttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/15/us/15bcmentallyill.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0