An unidentified man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot by a police officer on Thursday night, police said.
At 8:06 p.m. on Thursday, four plainclothes officers approached two suspects they believed to be gang members near 14th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, according to Sgt. Michael Andraychak of the San Francisco Police Department. The two suspects ran for approximately one block near 14th and Minna streets, then one of them pointed a Tec-9 pistol at one of the officers, Andraychak said.
“The officer fired two shots, fearing for his life,” he said.
The four plainclothes officers were from the gang task force and the probation department, Andraychak said.
The injured suspect was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and the other was detained by the SFPD, Andraychak said. It is not known whether the suspect fired a shot at the officer.
Police have increased their presence in the Mission in response to recent violence, Andraychak said. A man was shot and killed near Garfield Park on Sunday afternoon.
The officer involved in the shooting is cooperating with police and was placed on paid administrative leave, according to standard procedure. Police were still on the scene at 10 p.m.
Police are asking any witnesses to come forward or leave a tip at the Mission station tip line at 415-552-4558.
We will update this post as we get more information.