Mission Local’s Julian Mark is on the scene at 23rd and Mission, where, around 8:30 a.m., police shot a man multiple times — the first officer-involved shooting since June of last year.
The man who police shot is in critical condition, according to Brent Andrew, a San Francisco General Hospital spokesman. One San Francisco Police officer, he said, was also at the hospital, but Andrew could not state his condition.
An eyewitness who said he’s working a construction job not far from the site, told Mark he witnessed the entire event. The witness, who declined to be identified, said that he observed a “clearly” intoxicated man from his truck at around 8:30 in the morning. Not long thereafter, a San Francisco Police Department SUV rolled up.
The witness says two officers chased the man about the intersection on foot. He said the officers pepper-sprayed the man and may have applied other less-lethal devices as well.
The man did not appear to be armed; the witness recalled “his arms waving around.” Some manner of physical interaction ensued. During this time, while the man was on the ground, the witness says the subject was shot by both of the officers. The witness counted eight to 10 shots.
Following the shooting, the witness said an officer pointed a gun in his direction, and he ducked. He described the shooting as “a broad daylight execution.”
Mark is on the scene and will continue reporting; Mission is blocked between 22nd and 24th, and the Mission and 23rd intersection is sealed.
Police spokesman Officer Robert Rueca gave the following synopsis on the scene: At 8:34 a.m. officers responded to a call of a hot prowl burglary in the area of 23rd and Capp Streets. They encountered a suspect who matched the description. When they encountered the suspect, he assaulted an officer with a weapon. An officer-involved-shooting occurred. One suspect and one officer were transported to a hospital and are in unknown medical condition.
Update 11:29 a.m.
Lisa Ruth, the store manager at Fallas Discount Stores, previously Factory 2-U, said that she was talking with the store’s security guard just before 9 a.m. when they heard “eight pops.”
They turned to look and went to the intersection of 23rd and Mission streets to see a man lying on the ground. Officers had taken his clothes off and a swarm of officers was trying to resuscitate him. She did not see a weapon nearby.
However, one of the officers nearby appeared to have a broken nose, a bloody face and bruise marks around his neck, she said.
Ruth said she recognized two officers – one a short Latino and the other an African American – because they had patrolled in the area and had helped her out in the past. They’re “young kids,” she said.
“Honestly, it’s the Mission,” she said. “It’s sad this happened, but there are people who are on the street who try and hurt me all the time. “
Another source who asked not to be identified and works nearby at Smile BBQ at 22nd and Mission streets said that five minutes before the shooting, a man had come by and smashed their window. It’s unclear if the two incidents are related.
The last police shooting in San Francisco occurred in June, 2018, in North Beach. So far, no officers have been charged in police shootings, but District Attorney-elect Chesa Boudin has promised to take a harder look at each case. The DA’s office, which right now is headed up by Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus, is for the first time ever the lead investigator in five concurrent investigations — also by the SFPD’s homicide detectives, the SFPD’s internal affairs division, the Department of Police Accountability, and the San Francisco Medical Examiner.
As has become standard practice, the SFPD will hold a town hall meeting within 10 days of Saturday’s incident to describe their version of the events and the preliminary results of the investigations. In the past, police have shown officers’ body-worn camera footage at town hall meetings.
This article will be updated as more information is gathered.
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