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Paul Pelosi was hit with hammer by David DePape in front of cops, fell unconscious in pool of his own blood

Paul Pelosi and David DePape were grappling over a hammer when cops arrived at the Pacific Heights residence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi was attacked at their residence by David DePape (Inside Edition screenshot/YouTube & Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi was attacked at their residence by David DePape (Inside Edition screenshot/YouTube & Kris Connor/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi and his attacker David DePape were grappling over a hammer when cops arrived the the speaker's Pacific Heights house, court documents have revealed. They also revealed that DePape hit Pelosi on his head with the hammer in the presence of the cops and he fell unconscious in a pool of his own blood.

The shocking new information about the 82-year-old's assault on October 28 was made public in a court application filed by the San Francisco district attorney asking for the arrest of suspect David DePape, 42.

District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said outside the San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday, November 1, “What’s clear is this case is vulnerable to misinformation. This was not a random act of violence and this was not a random residential burglary – he sought to come and harm the speaker of the house of the United States.” The court documents revealed upsetting details of the early-morning assault on Pelosi, who sustained a cracked skull and needed surgery. According to the gloomy account provided by the district attorney's office in their court filing, cops reached the Pelosis' Pacific Heights house not long after Pelosi had called 911 after 2 am.


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According to Business Insider, officers responding to the call rang the doorbell at the residence of the Democratic leader. Pelosi, defying DePape's alleged directive ‘not to open the door,’ opened the front door with his left hand. “As the door opened, the two men stood in the dimly lit foyer facing the officers. Mr. Pelosi nervously but calmly greeted them. When the officer asked what was going on, [DePape] smiled and said, everything’s good, and pulled his hands toward his body,” the court filing reads. When an officer focused his flashlight on the two men, it was allegedly discovered that DePape was gripping a hammer's bottom in one hand and holding onto Pelosi's right arm with his other free hand", while "Mr Pelosi had his hand on the top of the handle near the
hammer itself." The officers then issued an order to ‘drop the hammer!’ at the same time DePape reportedly replied, ‘Um, nope.’

“A second later, Defendant wrenched the hammer away from Mr Pelosi, immediately stepped back, and lunged at Mr Pelosi, striking Mr Pelosi in the head at full force with the hammer, which knocked Mr Pelosi unconscious,” the court document revealed. Officers intervened at that point to subdue DePape and take the hammer away from him. “Mr Pelosi remained unresponsive for about three minutes, waking up in a pool of his own blood,” the court document state. Medics arrived at the scene shortly afterward, and currently he is being treated at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. According to his son Pelosi Jr, Pelosi remains in the hospital and responding to treatment. “They are rebuilding him slowly,” he remarked. 

Meanwhile, earlier DePape entered a not-guilty plea to a long list of state counts, including attempted murder, burglary in a residence, assault with a deadly weapon, abuse of an elderly person, false confinement of an elderly person, and threats against a public figure and their family. An FBI agent filed a criminal complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, October 31, outlining DePape's federal allegations of attempted kidnapping and assault on a member of a federal official's close family in addition to the state charges. Judge Diane Northway granted the district attorney's request to hold DePape in custody pending further proceedings and issued a restraining order prohibiting the alleged assailant from approaching Nancy Pelosi or her husband within 150 yards or making any other contact with them.