Suspected Shotgun Carjacker Expected to Survive After S.F. Officer-Involved Shooting
By Brian Shields
Tue Mar 5th, 2013 11:14pm America/Los_Angeles
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A San Francisco police officer is fine but the driver of an allegedly stolen BMW is in stable condition in the hospital after a chase through the Bayview district ended with an officer-involved shooting.
Investigators say an officer spotted a new silver BMW in the area at about 7:00 p.m. and recognized it as the vehicle that had been stolen at shotgun-point the day before.
“A short pursuit took place,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says. “Officers pursued the car onto George Court which is a dead end cul-de-sac. Two of the officers in a marked unit, full uniform, got out of the car. The BMW threw itself into reverse striking one of the officers. The officer was then knocked to the ground. The BMW re-positioned itself and was about to go forward. The officer was vulnerable, could easily have been seriously injured or killed, Two of his fellow officers fired at the BMW striking the driver one time. The BMW then crashed into the facade of one of the residences.”
The driver was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he is expected to survive. The officer was not seriously hurt and did not require medical treatment, Chief Suhr says.
Authorities say this incident may help solve a series of four shotgun robberies where criminal have carjacked residents over the last few weeks. It’s not know if other suspects were involved in the robberies.
“The officers, they need to defend themselves, they want to go home like everyone else,” Suhr adds. “This is the first shooting that we’ve had recently and from the preliminary investigation and our reports, I’m just glad the officers are okay.”
Authorities say they have a name and age for the suspect but are not releasing those details at this point.
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