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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Police Shoot, Kill Female Auto Theft Suspect in Bayview

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 1:19 PM

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An unidentified African-American female suspected of stealing a car was shot and killed by police this morning in the Bayview District, according to police.

It does not appear the woman — who was shot while in the vehicle, which she had crashed after fleeing from police, according to the San Francisco Examiner — was armed. She was later pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital. 

Police working an auto burglary detail encountered the woman driving a stolen car at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, police Chief Greg Suhr said at a morning press conference. Officers approached the woman, who drove off and crashed the car into another vehicle at Shafter Avenue and Elmira Street.
Police tried to extract her from the vehicle when a "back and forth" ensued, Suhr said, after which the woman was shot once.

This marks the second fatal officer-involved shooting in 2016. Last month, police shot and killed Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old homeless man, in a homeless encampment in the Bayview District.

The timing of this death — rare in that it involved a woman — could not have been worse. Today is a "National Day of Action" for the #SayHerName campaign, which advocates for black women killed in police custody.

While circumstances involving the fatal shooting have yet to be fully revealed, the death is being seized upon by activists on social media across the country.
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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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