District Attorney Harris comments
on murder of San Francisco witness
Bay City News Service
May 6, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco District Attorney
Kamala Harris released a statement yesterday in the wake of Thursday's
murder of a man who was in the witness protection program the
district attorney's office administers for the state of California.
Authorities identified the victim as 22-year-old Terrell Rollins.
"This homicide of another young person in San Francisco
is a horrible tragedy. This was cold-blooded murder, and there
is no justification for what happened. The victim did the right
thing by coming forward and testifying, but for reasons unknown
at this time, he left witness protection and returned to a dangerous
situation. Our investigators are working closely with SFPD, and
we are doing all that we can to make sure that the individuals
who committed this act are brought to justice," Harris said.
Authorities explaining the program said it is voluntary and provides
armed security to participants, who are relocated to safe places.
Investigators visit with participants weekly and people in the
program are advised protection is available should they need to
visit anywhere considered too dangerous for them to be alone.
Rollins was reportedly moved outside the city for his own safety
and had been warned his life was at risk if he returned.
He was shot dead at an auto repair shop in the 200 block of Bayshore
Boulevard between Oakdale and Jerrold avenues Thursday morning.
According to San Francisco police Officer Maria Oropeza, Rollins
and another customer were inside the shop around 10:15 a.m. when
two or three gunmen walked in, shot them both and fled.
"It appears they were targeted," Oropeza said.
The second man was shot in the leg and suffered non-life-threatening
injuries, San Francisco police Neville Gittens said today.
Police and prosecutors in the past have expressed frustration
that their murder investigations and prosecutions have been thwarted
by witnesses too afraid to come forward.
Police encourage anyone with information on the incident to call
the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.
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