Chase from SF to South City ends in suspicious death near Genentech campus


The body of an unnamed San Francisco man was found Tuesday morning along the shoreline of South San Francisco near the scene of a Monday night shooting incident, according to police, who have said the death may have been an accident.

South San Francisco police say that a car chase that began in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Monday night ended when the pursuing car drove its prey into a dead end near the Genentech campus just south of Oyster Point along Highway 101.

When three occupants of the car that was being chased then fled on foot, one of the two men in the other car opened fire. The suspects then got back in their car and drove away.

When police initially responded to the scene of the shooting at 10:15 p.m. that night, officers located two of the men who had run away. But even with the aid of a helicopter police, they could not find the third man, said Mike Garcia, a detective with South San Francisco police.

But on Tuesday a body laying on its back was discovered at the bottom of a 30-foot cliff not far from the shooting, said Garcia.

While the investigation is ongoing, there was no indication the man had been shot, said Garcia. At this point, he added, it appears the dead man may have fallen and died as he ran from the scene of the shooting.

The family of the dead man — only described as a black man in his 20’s — has since identified him as one of the people in the car chase Monday night.

San Francisco police, who are helping with the investigation, found a car Tuesday near Brookdale Geneva avenues in Visitation Valley later identified as that of the shooters. A suspect was also detained soon after the car was impounded as evidence.

No other arrests have been made in relation to the incident and the cause of death of the man found at the bottom of the cliff has yet to be released.

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