SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A Southern California bank robbery suspect who died from injuries sustained when he was shot by police Tuesday evening near San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park allegedly tried to run over the officers before they opened fire, according to police.

The department was notified by the FBI that a stolen vehicle involved in a pair of Irvine bank robberies was in San Francisco, and police said that vehicle was tracked through on-board GPS.

Officers responded at about 5:40 p.m. to the unit block of Buena Vista Ave East, which is between Haight Street and Duboce Ave, where they were trying to apprehend the suspect, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

When the officers tried to stop the vehicle to arrest the man, the suspect allegedly attempted to run over the officers, and, fearing for their safety, the officers fired on the man, striking him, police said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was transported with life-threatening injuries to a hospital, and police said that the man died sometime before 7:45 p.m.

The vehicle was stolen on May 16 in Southern California, and the suspect was wanted in connection with two Irvine bank robberies, according to police.

The FBI referred to the man as the Gen-X Bandit because of his plaid clothing and beanie.

Information about whether the suspect was armed was not yet available, Dangerfield said.

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Comments (9)
  1. karen says:

    Taxpayer’s money saved by $1.30 .each 40 cal rounds.

  2. Victor says:

    What was the SFPD thinking?! They should’ve tasered that suspect from SoCal in the first place!

    1. tn says:

      What are you thinking? I can’t speak for the PD but maybe you’ve watched too much TV. It’s not easy trying to apprehend / stop a suspect whom you don’t know and whose motives are not communicated and his actions are life-threatening, during the time of the critical incident. You’re probably thinking the cops should have shot him at his wrist, arm or calf, right? This is reality- commit a crime, put the public at risk, don’t respond to authorities’ imperative commands and you risk losing your life.

    2. Survival says:

      Oh Very nice,Victor. Tasser vs a man who is trying to kill you. I know, why don’t you answer the next radio call of a bank hold-up. When the bad guys comes out with a gun, you point a Tasser at him… I will pay for your flowers!

  3. TTAYLOR says:

    Very well put TN. They are were doing there job and if their lifes were at risk like was mentioned they did what they had to. Think of the big picture people.

  4. Christian says:

    Well. It could of been worst!

  5. Bill Elander says:

    Let’sjust be thankful it wasn’t a minority who was killed. Now, we don’t have to listen to the phony ‘outrage’ and protests by ethic-based groups trying to make sure their ‘people’ can commit crime unmolested by police. I think this guy deserved what he got. Way to go, cops.

    Another Generic White Guy

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