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Man Fatally Shot After Pulling Fake Gun on Calif. Cops Left Behind Note for Them: ‘Dear Officer(s)’

"I provoked you."

A man fatally shot by San Francisco police after entering a restricted parking lot and reaching for a replica gun inside his waistband left behind a suicide note, authorities said.

In the note, the man identified as Matthew Hoffman, 32, told officers he was using them to commit suicide.

"Dear Officer(s)," he wrote in a note found on his phone and provided to BuzzFeed. "You did nothing wrong."

"You ended the life of a man who was too much of a coward to do it himself. I provoked you. I threatened your life as well as the lives of those around me," he continued. "You were completely within your legal rights to do what you did. You followed protocols. You did everything right."

[sharequote align="center"]"You were completely within your legal rights to do what you did. You followed protocols."[/sharequote]

The 32-year-old added in the note that he was using the police to "find peace" within himself.

"I am so sad and I am so lonely. There is no place for me here. Please, don’t blame yourself. I used you," he wrote. "I took advantage of you. I am so lost and I am so hopeless. God made a mistake with me. I shouldn’t be here. Please, take solace in knowing that the situation was out of your control. You had no other choice."

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

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