Suspected bicycle thief nabbed by officers
following Sunset District shootout
By Matt Wynkoop
May 19, 2007
Two San Francisco patrol officers were treated for minor injuries
they sustained while trying to escape gunfire by a suspected bike
robber this morning in the Sunset District, a police spokesman
At around 1 a.m. today police received a report that someone
had been seen stealing a bicycle from the garage of a home in
the 2000 block of Lower Great Highway, San Francisco police Sgt.
Steve Mannina said.
Responding officers soon located a man that fit a witness' description
riding a bicycle near the intersection of 48th Avenue and Taraval
Street, according to Mannina.
As the officers were in the process of exiting their patrol car
in an effort to approach the suspect, the man suddenly produced
a gun and fired several shots at the officers, hitting the patrol
car multiple times.
The officers immediately returned gunfire but the man ran from
the scene northbound on 47th Avenue, Mannina said.
Police set up a large perimeter in the area and called the San
Francisco SWAT team to assist with the search, which included
a large sweep of Ocean Beach, Mannina said.
The suspect was located at around 4:45 a.m. hiding in a patch
of bushes at Santiago Street and Lower Great Highway suffering
a gunshot wound to the hand, Mannina said.
Both officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital to
be treated for minor injuries sustained during their attempts
to avoid the initial gunfire.
The suspect, who remains unidentified this afternoon, was also
taken to San Francisco General Hospital to receive treatment for
his injured hand, Mannina said. The suspect remains at the hospital
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