SF Police Officer Shoots Man Following Chase

Police chief responded to the scene of the officer involved shooting.

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011  |  Updated 5:03 PM PDT
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SF Police Officer Shoots Man Following Chase

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A driver who fled from police during a traffic stop in San  Francisco Wednesday afternoon was shot and seriously injured while exchanging  gunfire with police, police Chief Greg Suhr said.
    Officers pulled over the suspect's car on Bush Street, about half  a block west of Larkin Street, at 1:25 p.m., Suhr told reporters at the  scene.

    The driver got out of the car and fled, and as two officers chased  him, he fired at least two shots at them, Suhr said. Police returned fire,  hitting the suspect in the upper body, possibly in the head or neck, the  chief said.     The suspect was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he  is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.
    A female passenger in the suspect's car slid into the driver's  seat and drove away while the officers were chasing the suspect, Suhr said.  Police are searching for the car, and believe the passenger is someone known  in the neighborhood.
    Police have recovered the suspect's gun, and also found an ID on  the ground that belongs to a wanted parolee, but do not yet know if the ID is  that of the man who was shot.
    Larkin Street remained closed between Bush and Sutter streets as  of 3 p.m.
    Hamood Albadani, 52, who is visiting San Francisco from Michigan,  said he witnessed the shooting while walking on Sutter Street.
    He said he was at the intersection of Sutter and Larkin streets  when he saw a man fire five or six shots toward a parked car, but couldn't  see if he was shooting at anything in particular.
    He said the shooter was in the street, and that a police officer  approached him from the sidewalk and fired one shot to the man's head, taking  him down.
 

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