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Two arrested in auto burglary investigation that led to police shooting

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(Mira Laing/Special to The Examiner)

San Francisco police have arrested two suspects in connection with an auto burglary investigation in the Fillmore District Friday morning that led to police shooting at a suspect who allegedly fled in a vehicle.

Officers investigating a reported burglary at 12:59 a.m. near Steiner Street and Geary Boulevard had detained one suspect when a second suspect fled on foot to the area of O’Farrell and Webster streets, police said.

The male suspect then allegedly entered a parked white Hyundai sedan and fled in the vehicle. Offering few details, police said only that a “series of events occurred” in the 1500 block of O’Farrell Street, including a collision between the suspect’s vehicle and two police radio cars and an officer-involved shooting.

No one was struck by gunfire, according to police.

The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle and police pursued him to the area of Polk and McAllister streets, where the suspect stopped the car inside Civic Center Plaza, police said. He was then taken into custody.

Police said the suspect was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. An officer who was injured in the 1500 block of O’Farrell Street was treated and released at the scene, according to police. Officials did not specify how either the officer or the suspect sustained the injuries, but one of the suspects was arrested on suspicion of hit and run leading to injury.

A police spokesman could not confirm whether the officer shot at a vehicle or whether the vehicle was stopped at the time of the shooting. The department’s new use of force policy bans shooting at moving vehicles.

An investigation is ongoing and several departments are involved, including the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Police Accountability.

Police arrested two people, 21-year-old Hershel Hale, an Antioch resident, and 23-year-old Maurice Jones, of Brentwood, in connection with the auto burglary.

Hale was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, evading a police officer, conspiracy and hit and run leading to injury. Jones was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary and conspiracy.

Supriya Yelimeli of Bay City News contributed to this story

Hershel Hale (Courtesy SFPD)

Maurice Jones (Courtesy SFPD)

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