Memorial grows for woman shot, killed by San Francisco police

Byby Melanie Woodrow KGO logo
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Memorial grows for woman shot, killed by SF police
A memorial with flowers and candles marks the spot where a woman was shot and killed by police in San Francisco's Bayview District.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Former San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's resignation came just hours after a deadly police shooting Thursday morning in the city's Bayview District. On Friday, officials identified the victim as 29-year-old Jessica Williams.

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Candles and flowers mark the spot where police shot and killed a woman.

Officials say two uniformed officers were conducting a stolen vehicle recovery operation in the Bayview District when the driver of a stolen sedan fled.

She hit a parked truck near the dead end of Elmira Street.

While officers were trying to take the woman into custody, police say she moved the vehicle she was driving in a back and forth motion. One officer fired one shot. The woman died at the hospital.

"It's heartbreaking," said San Francisco resident Leigh Stackpole.

A candlelight vigil was held there Thursday night.

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"I just felt the need to come back and pay respects, I'm a mother," said Stackpole.

Stackpole says she wonders if she has children.

"I'm thinking of her family and the trauma," she said.

Graffiti nearby says "Say Her Name." Thursday was national Say Her Name Day - a day meant to uplift stories often unheard.

"There's all these facts that we never really learn about the victims and that's what's really important, is actually who they were as people and their families," said Stackpole.

The officers involved are on administrative leave as an investigation into the fatal shooting continues.