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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