Protesters spontaneously rallied outside the Mission Police Station last night after a plainclothes officers shot a man who the cops recognized as a gang member.
According to Sgt. Michael Andraychak, two plainclothes officers from the Gang Task Force were working with two probation officers at 14th and Minna when they spotted two men who they thought to be identified gang members.
One of the officers approached the men, attempting to talk to the duo. One of the guys ran off, and the chase began.
As he ran, the suspect allegedly pulled out a Tec-9 pistol, which was loaded with 25 rounds, and turned toward the cop. The officer ordered him to drop the weapon, but instead the suspect allegedly raised it. Fearing for his life, the officer shot the man -- twice, Andraychak said.
The suspect -- who has not been identified -- was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
A few hours after the officer-involved shooting, an impromptu protest started outside the Mission Police Station on Valenica Street. Several dozen people marched through the streets, reportedly making anti-cop remarks, Andraychak said.
At some point during the demonstration, someone spray-painted the word "killers" on the front door of the police station.
There were no injuries and no arrests, and the protesters wrapped things up just before midnight. We will update as we get more information on this story.
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