SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A high-speed chase starting in Richmond ended in an overturned vehicle crash, and injured witness and fatal officer involved shooting in San Francisco’s Financial District Thursday morning.
A man carjacked a white Cadillac Escalade from a woman in Richmond at 4:55 a.m., according to Richmond Police Department Watch Commander Lt. Walle.
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Richmond Police pursued the vehicle up to San Rafael until the California Highway Patrol took over the chase. The Escalade crossed the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
With assistance from the CHP, the San Francisco Police Department took over the pursuit and lost the car on surface streets in downtown San Francisco. At about 5:55 a.m., calls came in reporting a rolled over Escalade at California and Battery streets.
The suspect began firing shots at witnesses attempting to help him get out of the overturned car, according to SFPD Chief Greg Suhr. One good Samaritan was struck in the chest by a fragment, but is expected to survive.
Officers, fire and medical personnel arrived on the scene as the suspect attempted to get out of the stolen car. Officers requested a “less lethal” round of fire, according to Suhr.
When the officers tried to get the suspect to surrender the gun, he turned his weapon on officers. Several officers then fired shots, Suhr said.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
At least one of the bullets went through the window of an 11th floor of a high-rise where a man was sitting in his office, but was not hit. Another window of an unoccupied building was also hit.
All morning, people tried to navigate around the blocked off mess on California Street in between Front and Battery streets. That section of street should be opened by the evening commute.
“It’s very surprising,” said John Cunningham who works nearby the scene of the crash. “I didn’t know if it was terrorism, political demonstrations — I was just confused on how I was going to get to work.”
The investigation into what happened and who the suspect was continues.
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