A plainclothes police officer chasing a 22-year-old man on 14th Street near Natoma at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday shot the man after he brandished a semiautomatic Tec-9 handgun during the pursuit, police said.
The San Francisco Police Department did not release the name of officers involved in the incident or of the man who was shot. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening and he remains hospitalized at San Francisco General Hospital, according to police.
The suspect was on parole for assault with a firearm, according to a police press release issued at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
The plainclothes officer involved in the shooting was working with another plainclothes investigator and two probation officers from the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department as part of a program called Operation Night Light.
The program, run by Juvenile Probation, is designed to enforce curfews for youth parolees, the release stated.
The plainclothes officers were in an unmarked SFPD car when they recognized the man as a gang member on parole.
The man ran from the officers, and during the chase exhibited a Tec-9 semiautomatic pistol. The gun was loaded with 25 rounds of 9 mm bullets, police said.
According to police, the officer ordered the man to drop his weapon; he refused and turned the gun toward the officer. The officer then fired his gun and shot the man twice.
Gayle Laird, who lives close to where the shooting occurred, said she arrived home shortly after. “This is the second shooting on this corner in a month,” she said in an email to Mission Local. “I am glad to know that the SFPD is working to curb the gang violence by having a presence in the area, even though the resulting confrontation in this instance was unfortunate.”
The shooting prompted a protest outside the Mission District police station a few hours after it happened. The protesters spraypainted “Killers” on the station’s front doors.
No arrests or injuries were reported during the protest.
The shooting is being investigated by the Homicide Detail, the SFPD Internal Affairs Unit, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Citizen Complaints.