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Monday, February 9, 2009

SFPD: News Report in Error, Police Didn't Witness Weekend Shooting

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 12:43 PM

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"Man Shot Dead in Front of San Francisco Police in Broad Daylight" is a headline that raises troubling questions, particularly when it's followed by: "No suspects were arrested."

That was the gist of a Bay City News brief yesterday appearing in the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and Santa Cruz Sentinel that identified Myron Edward, a 40-year-old San Francisco resident, as the sixth homicide victim of the year. But a police department spokeswoman now says that report contained errors. "It didn't happen right in front of police," Sergeant Lyn Tomioka said. "That was inaccurate reporting."

According to Tomioka, SFPD officers patroling the Western Addition at around 3 p.m. Saturday heard shots fired from several blocks away. When the officers arrived at the intersection of Eddy and Laguna, they found Edward down in the street. Tomioka did not know whether Edward was still conscious when police arrived, or how many bullet wounds he sustained. There will be more information available later today, she said.

As for how the reporting error occurred, Tomioka suggested a miscommunication. "People on cell phones don't generally get the whole story," she said.

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