Car chase ends with fatal police shooting in SF

Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
Police investigate this morning fatal shooting of a carjacking suspect in the Financial District.
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A high-speed car chase ended with a crash and the fatal shooting of a carjacking suspect in downtown San Francisco this morning, where morning traffic was snarled while police investigated.

The SUV that the suspect was driving crashed about 6 a.m. at California and Battery streets in the Financial District.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said the incident began about 4:45 a.m. in Richmond, when the suspect allegedly carjacked a woman driving a white Cadillac Escalade.

Richmond police initially pursued the vehicle, but the California Highway Patrol took over once the vehicle crossed the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge into Marin County.

The vehicle then drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, where San Francisco police took over the pursuit from CHP, eventually losing the SUV in downtown San Francisco.

That's when, according to SFPD, the SUV crashed into other vehicles, rolling over, about 5:55 a.m.

Several bystanders tried to help the suspect after the rollover, but he fired his gun at them, according to SFPD. One person was hit with bullet fragments, but not seriously injured.

Once police found the suspect again, they said they attempted to persuade him to surrender but he instead began firing at the officers.

Police then fired back, hitting the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police would only say that the suspect is male.

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