A police officer shot a man in the hip after he tried to escape arrest in the Garfield Park children’s playground this afternoon, two witnesses said.
According to witnesses who asked not to be identified, an SFPD car pulled up to the park at 3:20 in the afternoon. An officer emerged and tried to arrest a man — a resident of Bernal Dwellings, the housing project that directly faces the park.
According to Albie Esparza, a spokesman for SFPD, the suspect had been drinking with three other people. No one else was detained, he added.
The man resisted the arrest, and he and the officer began to exchange punches, a witness said. The officer pinned the man to the ground, but he managed to escape, at which point the officer shot him, the witness added.
Esparza said the injuries to both the officer and the man being arrested were non-life-threatening.
At 4:30 p.m., the south end of Garfield Park was closed off entirely, with a dozen police officers scattered around the scene taking photographs and video, and a crowd of curious onlookers watching them. A woman paced the periphery of the police line, crying and swearing at the officers, who did their best to ignore her. Witnesses identified her as the victim’s sister.