pigs shoot fare-dodger
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — New amateur video obtained by ABC7 News shows the first few minutes following an officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of a 19-year-old suspect in San Francisco on Saturday.
The video shows the suspect lying motionless on the ground near the intersection of Oakdale and Third in the Bayview District.
The incident took place shortly after 4:40 p.m. Saturday. The unidentified suspect was attempting to board a Muni train being screened by police for fare evaders. A brief chase ensued and the suspect was shot at multiple times.
Police say they opened fire after the suspect attempted to shoot in their direction.
“During the course of the foot pursuit, at this point we believe the suspect fired backwards at the officers and the officers returned fire in self-defense,” Sgt. Michael Andraychak with the San Francisco Police Department said.
Eyewitnesses dispute this, telling ABC7 News they didn’t see any shots being fired at the officers.
“I just seen shots going forward,” said resident Henry Taylor. ” I didn’t see shots coming backwards.”
The unidentified suspect was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7 p.m.
Police canvassed the tops of roofs in the area but wouldn’t say if they had found a weapon that might belong to the suspect.
On Sunday, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said a weapon had been recovered by police after it was removed by an eyewitness at the scene of the shooting.
As angry residents gathered, police brought in extra units from other districts for crowd control. Tempers flared in the early morning hours of Sunday when a makeshift demonstration wound its way up the streets of Valencia and 16th. The crowd tipped over trash cans and expressed outrage at the fatal shooting.
Officers in riot gear patrolled the Mission District and the group of walking demonstrators eventually disbanded. There were no arrests.
Police say one officer fired the shots that struck the suspect. That officer was not wounded and is now on a routine paid administrative leave.
Investigations are now underway by the internal affairs department, the district attorney’s office and the office of citizen complaints.