Manhunt underway after officer shot in San Francisco

A manhunt involving multiple police agencies is underway after an officer was shot in San Francisco's Mission District neighborhood.
March 8, 2014 6:44:35 PM PST
A manhunt involving multiple police agencies is underway after an officer was shot and injured in San Francisco's Mission District neighborhood.

Over two dozen police officers are still on the scene at Florida and 25th streets, where the shooting happened. It all started just before 3 p.m. with what SFPD Chief Greg Suhr calls a "malicious mischief call."

Officers arrived at the 1300 block of Florida Street, located a suspect vehicle, and tried to do a traffic stop. One officer, the driver, got out of the police unit and walked up to the suspect's car.

"We have one witness at the scene who says she heard shots come from the car," Chief Suhr said. "The passenger officer saw the car backing up, fired upon the vehicle in defense of his partner, striking the vehicle at least one time."

Video from Sky7 HD shows bullet holes in the back of the police car. One bullet went right through the trunk.

We spoke with a witness who heard the shots.

"We were in the house, we heard probably five or six shots," one witness told ABC7 News. "My friends went outside and I went on the scanner and we heard there was a police chase and then we heard that a cop had been shot while, we think, pulling somebody over."

That officer was hit in the left shoulder. He is in serious but stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital. We've learned that he's 28-years-old and is a 6-year veteran of the force. The second officer was not hit.

Following the shooting, the suspect sped off and got on the freeway out of San Francisco. He made his way to Daly City, where officers believe they spotted the getaway car.

What we've gathered by watching officers on scene, is that the gunman ditched his car and ran into the neighborhood. Police saw the car and then immediately began an intense search of several neighborhood blocks.

Police activity was reported in the vicinity of Clarinada Avenue and state Highway 1.

There are multiple police agencies that are part of the ongoing search.

Residents in the area had to carefully navigate through the very active search scene, where officers have assault weapons and other guns drawn.

SWAT teams from the San Francisco Police Department and the San Mateo Sheriff's Department have arrived.

According to the SFPD, the suspect vehicle is being processed.

The chief would not give a description of the car, but told ABC7 News that they know who the registered owner is. The suspect, however, is still on the run.

The gunman remains at large this evening and anyone who witnessed the shooting or has surveillance footage of the incident is urged to contact San Francisco police at (415) 553-0123.

(Bay City News contributed to this report)


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