SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point district Friday, which followed a carjacking of a California Lottery minivan and a police chase.
The incident began at around 10:30 a.m. when police responded to a report of a robbery and carjacking on the 1800 block of 23rd St., according to police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak.
Officials with the California Lottery confirmed that one of its vehicles, a white minivan, was carjacked outside a corner store at 23rd and Arkansas St. The woman driving the lottery vehicle was assaulted and suffered non-life threatening injuries, said Andraychak.
Another vehicle described as a gold SUV was seen in the area and police believe was involved in the carjacking. The two vehicles were seen traveling together in the Bayview district and police stopped the older model GMC Yukon SUV at the corner of Ingalls and Gilman where four occupants were detained, said Andraychak.
The lottery van continued and was chased to the corner of Fitzgerald Ave. and Griffith St., outside the Alice Griffith housing complex. “The suspect exited the vehicle, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” said Andraychak. “That suspect was transported by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”
Andraychak was not able to say whether the suspect was armed. “It’s part of the investigation. It’s much too early at this time to comment on the evidence at the scene. Crime scene investigators are still going over the crime scene and photographing and collecting evidence. The officers involved have yet to be interviewed,” he said.
The officers’ body cams have been retrieved and would be reviewed for evidence, said Andraychak. According to department policy, a town hall meeting would be held within 10 days to discuss the incident, he said.
At the shooting scene, one police car had its passenger-side window shattered with glass on the outside, and there was a pool of blood next to it along with bloodstains on the car.
No officers were injured. It was not clear what was contained inside the lottery van and Andraychak was not able to elaborate on it. Video showed boxes of what may be lottery tickets; the store owner at 23rd and Arkansas told KPIX 5 the driver was there to change out the tickets in the lottery machine.
The deceased suspect was not identified, nor were the other suspects. Andraychak said aside from the homicide investigation, the district attorney’s office, the police internal affairs division, and the Department of Police Accountability would conduct separate investigations.