San Francisco police seriously wound drug suspect
Suspect suffering life threatening wounds
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
June 24, 2006, updated 7:57 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO(BCN) - A drug suspect is suffering life
threatening wounds tonight after San Francisco police shot him
in the Mission District as he allegedly drove at them.
Sgt. Neville Gittens said a citizen called police at 5:15 p.m.
this evening to report a man selling drugs out of a blue Honda
on Hoff Street near 16th Street.
Officers responded, but the car was gone. At 5:55 p.m., two officers
spotted the vehicle parked on Capp Street between 15th and 16th
streets with the suspect inside, Gittens said.
The officers, who were both in uniform, stopped their patrol
car in front of the vehicle and got out. The officers then reported
that they told the driver to step out of his car and put his hands
up, Gittens said.
"The officers stated that he refused to do that and instead
drove his vehicle toward them. Officers stated they fired at the
suspect," Gittens said.
The vehicle continued to travel between 50-75 yards past the
officers and came to rest after crashing into a parked car.
After discovering the suspect had been shot, police called for
paramedics. The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital
where he remains tonight with life-threatening gunshot wounds,
The Police Department's homicide unit is investigating, which
is routine in officer-involved shootings. The San Francisco district
attorney's office is also conducting an investigation of the incident.
Neither officer was hurt. Police have not yet released their
names and have not yet confirmed the suspect's identity.
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