A woman who was shot by a Daly City police officer in San Francisco on Saturday evening, after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a home and backed into the cop, is hanging onto her life.
The shooting happened around 7 p.m. after Daly City police tried to stop the woman’s vehicle for an unknown reason, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.
The woman, who was driving with a male passenger, evaded officers and ran into the white garage door of a two-story yellow house at 21 Carrizal St., about a block from the Cow Palace, Esparza said.
Then she backed into and injured an officer who was trying to stop her, and he shot her in the abdomen, Esparza said.
“At that point, the passenger was taken into custody,” he said.
The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Esparza said.
He said the officer suffered minor injuries and is expected to survive. Esparza said police did not know the names of the woman or her passenger, and he declined to name the officer involved in the shooting.
Jose Gonzalez, who has lived at 21 Carrizal St. for six years, seemed to not be concerned about the accident. His garage door is dented and there is a hole about the size of a basketball in his stucco wall, but he said it is nothing that he cannot fix.
“I just don’t understand why they shot her,” Gonzalez said.
Splotches of blood stained the asphalt in front of his home, where Gonzalez and other neighbors suspect the woman was lying while she waited for an ambulance.
Matthew Moller, who lives two doors down, said police interrupted a party in the garage across the street to let them know there had been a shooting, but the officers did not reveal details.
“That’s all I know,” Moller said.
Esparza said the car’s passenger was taken into custody, but he could not provide details such as the man’s name, which county he was booked in or what kind of charges he might be facing.
Because the shooting happened about 100 yards across the line separating San Mateo and San Francisco counties, the San Francisco Police Department’s homicide unit is investigating the case. San Francisco police showed up after the shooting, since Daly City police had called for backup.
The San Francisco district attorney will determine whether the shooting was warranted, Esparza said.
Daly City police referred all questions to the SFPD.