The only reason to run from cops is to avoid jail time, which is why it wasn't too surprising to learn that Steven Young, the 33-year-old man shot by San Francisco police last week during a routine traffic stop, just didn't want to spend anymore time behind bars.
At a community meeting last night, Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters that Young was a two-striker with multiple felony convictions, which explains why he ran from police -- and shot at them -- rather than hand over his license and registration when he was stopped by the cops last week.
Young, a San Carlos resident, had just arrived in San Francisco three days before he was shot; he apparently wanted to relax a bit, knowing he had warrants for his arrest in San Mateo County.
However, Young had enough narcotics and burglary charges to send him back to jail for a long time, police said. And his family made it clear to police that Young would have rather died than go back to prison, Suhr told reporters.
Young was pulled over by San Francisco police at about 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday.
As officers approached the car, Young got out of the vehicle and began
running southbound on Larkin Street, according to police. Halfway
through the block, Young turned around and allegedly began shot multiple rounds at police, who then fired back, hitting Young in the head,