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Paul Pelosi video shows hammer attack after police arrive

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A California court on Friday released surveillance and bodycam video of the October 2022 attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at their San Francisco home. 

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The San Francisco County Superior Court made the footage public after Judge Stephen Murphy denied a request two days earlier by prosecutors to keep it secret. 

The Oct. 28, 2022, attack sent Paul Pelosi, 82, to the hospital for emergency surgery on a skull fracture.

One portion of the footage shows police knocking on the door of Pelosi’s home, before the door opens to reveal Paul Pelosi and suspect David DePape. 

David DePape, left, and Paul Pelosi are seen after police opened the door of Pelosi’s home in San Francisco on Oct. 28, 2022. (San Francisco Police Department)

“What’s going on, man?” an officer asks.

“Everything is good,” DePape responds as he and Pelosi each have one hand on a hammer, with DePape also placing a hand on Pelosi’s wrist. Pelosi appears to be holding an object in his other hand.

“Drop the hammer!” the officer then says as he shines his flashlight at the two men.

“Umm, nope,” DePape responds, before starting to pull the hammer away from Pelosi, who says “hey! hey, hey hey!”

The hammer then breaks free and DePape is seen swinging it at Pelosi, who appears to attempt to retreat before being struck.

“Oh s—!” one of the officers says as police burst into the home and apprehend DePape.

Screen grab from bodycam video following the alleged assault on Paul Pelosi by David DePape in San Francisco on Oct. 28, 2022. (San Francisco Police Department)

Another clip, taken in black and white, shows DePape approaching the Pelosis’ San Francisco house and dropping multiple bags onto the ground. He then rummaged through the bags before he apparently pulled a hammer out of his clothing and started swinging at a glass door, eventually entering the home.

DePape, 42, has pleaded not guilty to all state charges in the case, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse. He also has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of assaulting an immediate family member of a federal official and attempted kidnapping of a federal officer for the alleged home invasion.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the incident.

When she was asked by reporters there Friday for her reaction to the footage, she said “I’m not going to say anything right now, but I may shortly.”

When San Francisco police arrived at the home around 2:30 a.m., they found Pelosi in his pajamas and the intruder wearing shorts, sneakers and a sweatshirt, according to court filings.

David DePape in Berkeley, California, on Dec. 13, 2013. (Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

The encounter lasted just 15 seconds from when Pelosi opened the door for officers to when the hammer attack took place, according to a filing.

“The two officers opened the door to see the foyer of the Pelosi Residence, Mr. Pelosi, wearing a long-sleeved shirt, DEPAPE in shorts, running shoes and a sweatshirt, and DEPAPE and Mr. Pelosi jointly gripping a hammer,” an indictment read.

The attack caused Pelosi to suffer a skull fracture and other injuries, according to authorities.

David DePape is seen outside the Pelosi home on Oct. 28, 2022 before entering. (San Francisco Police Department)

Police called an ambulance to treat Pelosi, who was bleeding from a head wound.

Investigators also said that DePape researched homes of Pelosi and two other targets on an alleged hit list two days before breaking into the House Speaker’s $8 million hilltop Pacific Heights mansion.

Paul Pelosi and David DePape are seen on the ground after DePape allegedly attacked the 82-year-old. (San Francisco Police Department)

The officers were monitoring a live-feed of many cameras, which include surveillance of the Capitol complex, but also monitor some points away from the Capitol, which include the Pelosi residence.

According to sources, an officer was monitoring the feeds and saw police lights on a dark street outside the Pelosi’s residence. If the officers were watching the feed monitoring in real-time, the break-in would have been seen.