San Francisco police officer killed
in double-fatal shooting
By Matt Wynkoop, Bay City News Service
December 23, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A double-fatal shooting that left
a San Francisco police officer and a known felony suspect dead
in San Francisco's Sunset District Friday night occurred after
police followed the suspect into the garage of an occupied home.
The shooting occurred at approximately 8:37 p.m. after police
officers attempted to serve a warrant on a man who was described
as armed and dangerous in the area of 25th Avenue and Lawton Street,
According to San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina, after leading
police up to a home on the 1600 block of 25th Avenue, the suspect
kicked down a side door to the home's garage and ran inside. When
officers in pursuit followed the suspect through the broken down
door, the suspect opened fire on the officers, hitting one officer
in the head.
"It looks as though the suspect had a pretty good lead on
the officers,'' Mannina said. "The suspect then turned and
fired on the officers as they entered the garage.''
Another officer then shot the suspect, who collapsed a short
distance away, Mannina said. The suspect was pronounced dead at
Mannina described the interior of the garage as having a large
dividing wall between carports, as well as a separate exit headed
to a backyard.
Residents of the home were reportedly upstairs at the time of
the shooting, but were not involved in the incident, Mannina said.
Police had initially attempted to detain the suspect, who Mannina
described as "a wanted suspect who had an outstanding felony
warrant,'' after having seen him walking on 25th Avenue earlier
in the evening. The suspect fled from police at that point into
a backyard in the area, at which point officers set up a perimeter
to begin a search.
It was after the perimeter had been set up that a group of officers
saw the suspect a short distance away and began the foot pursuit
that would lead to the fatal shooting, Mannina said.
The officer, a four and a half year veteran of the department,
was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was
kept on life support until 12:01 a.m. today, Mannina said.
Police continue to investigate the shooting this morning.
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