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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Steven Young, Man Shot by Cops, Really Didn't Want to Go to Back to Jail

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Steven Young would rather die than go to jail
  • Steven Young would rather die than go to jail

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,

according to police.

Young died Thursday night at San Francisco General Hospital.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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