Escaped convict turned gun on self after killing
San Francisco Police Officer Bryan Tuvera, RIP.
Photo courtesy SFPD Public Affairs
By Brent Begin
May 2, 2007
A San Francisco medical examiner's investigation has confirmed
speculation that the killer of a San Francisco police officer
turned his gun on himself, contradicting original reports that
police killed him.
Marlon Ruff, a 33-year-old San Bruno man, used the same gun to
kill San Francisco police Officer Bryan
Tuvera in a Sunset district garage two days before Christmas
last year as he used to take his own life, according to the medical
Police originally reported that an unnamed officer who followed
Tuvera into the garage had shot Ruff in the head.
The shooting occurred at about 8:15 p.m. after police followed
Ruff into the garage of an occupied home in the 1600 block of
According to police, after leading Tuvera up to the home, Ruff
kicked down a side door to the home's garage and ran inside. When
Tuvera followed Ruff through the broken door, Ruff opened fire
on him, fatally striking Tuvera, 28, in the head.
Another officer came through the door and opened fire, but it
was the bullet from Ruff's gun that led to Ruff's death. He was
pronounced dead at the scene.
According to state prison officials, Ruff was wanted for escaping
a minimum-security work camp in Humboldt County. He was rated
a low security risk even though he was convicted of a violent
armored car robbery.
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