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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cops Fired 32 Shots at Armed Carjacker

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 7:04 AM

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San Francisco's police chief met with a group of residents yesterday to defend his officers who shot and killed an armed carjacker last week. 

At the town hall meeting, which took place just a stones throw from where the shooting occurred on Thursday, many residents questioned the use of deadly force. Moreover, they wanted to know why police fired as many as 32 shots at the armed suspect who died instantly. 

"You meet deadly force with deadly force," Police Chief Greg Suhr said. "The SFPD does not have Tasers, but you never use less force against someone with a firearm."

As for the 32 shots, Suhr defended his officers, saying  the suspect demonstrated that he was willing to use firearms.  "You do not use less force until the suspect drops the firearm."

On the morning of September 25, an unidentified man carjacked a woman's SUV in front of her home in the City of Richmond. With the police in hot pursuit, the carjacker sped across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge into Marin County, then across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Around 6 a.m, the SUV crashed and overturned at the corner of California and Battery streets in San Francisco. As bystander tried to help the suspect (not knowing he was a suspect) he was shot. Police arrived at the scene and fired 32 rounds at the suspect, killing him. Police say teh suspect fired a Russian made revolver. 

The crime scene - KATE CONGER
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SFPD media spokesperson Albie Esparza told SF Weekly that victim information will not be released to the public, and that suspect information was being withheld pending next-of-kin notification. 

At the meeting, Suhr expressed relief that the incident happened so early in the morning, when the area was still largely deserted. Things might have been much worse had the SUV crashed an hour later, when the streets were packed with people on their way to work, he noted. 

Ernestine Weiss, a self-described "super-activist", wasn't letting the chief off the hook that easily. "We need better lighting on the street," Weiss said. "We need a Business Improvement District that can hire its own security. Please work with the Mayor about this."

Suhr, who seemed well acquainted with the longtime area resident, assured Weiss that her concerns and suggestions would be discussed at City Hall. 

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