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    San Francisco police fatally shot a 27-year-old woman Thursday morning in the city's Bayview District. Christie Smith reports. (Published Thursday, May 19, 2016)

    San Francisco police fatally shot a 27-year-old woman Thursday morning in the city's Bayview District.

    She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. But at an 11 a.m. news conference, police Chief Greg Suhr said that she had died. She was killed by a single shot by an officer, he said.

    Later in the day, Suhr was asked by Mayor Ed Lee to resign, and he complied.

    The shooting happened near the corner of Industrial Street and Shafter Avenue.

    Suhr said earlier Officers were on an enforcement to recover stolen cars in the area when they spotted one.

    One witness said there was a back and forth with the vehicles, with the officers moving about at some point in the engagement, and one officer, a sergeant, fired a shot, striking the suspect.

    NBC Bay Area's helicopter flew overhead, showing a heavily industrial area near the Alemany Boulevard exit to Interstate 280. A crashed white sedan with a cracked windshield was also at the scene and looked to be pinned between a truck and a fence.

    Supervisor Malia Cohen released a statement Thursday afternoon expressing her frustration at yet another fatal officer-involved shooting in the city.

    "I am deeply saddened, deeply troubled and frustrated about the incident that occurred this morning on Elmira Street," Cohen said. "This event reinforces the importance of mandatory independent investigations into all officer-involved shootings. It also highlights the need for constant analysis and re-evaluation of our Police Department's use-of-force policies."

    Public Defender Jeff Adachi also issued a scathing statement.

    "It is unacceptable for police encounters with unarmed citizens to end in bullet wounds and body bags," he said. "While details are still scarce, I am deeply disturbed by reports that the young woman gunned down today was driving away from officers. She was entitled to due process and, above all, she was entitled to her life.

    "Police reforms and policy changes are meaningless if they aren’t accompanied by a major shift in police culture," Adachi added. "I am reiterating my request that the California Attorney General’s Office open its own civil rights investigation into the San Francisco Police Department."

    The shooting happened not far from where Mario Woods was killed when an officer shot him on Dec. 2. That shooting enraged groups of activists and community leaders, prompting calls to fire Suhr.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.


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