The man shot by police in North Beach minutes after midnight on Saturday had previously been shot by an undercover sergeant who four years later become the acting chief of the San Francisco Police Department.
A source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed Monday that Oliver Barcenas, 28, was the man shot during a police pursuit on Grant Avenue between Green and Vallejo streets. Police have yet to release the identity of the man, who was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but survived.
The San Francisco Chronicle first identified Barcenas in the police shooting.
In 2012, current Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin shot Barcenas three times during a foot chase in the Mission District in which Barcenas carried a loaded Tec-9 semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine.
Then-SFPD Chief Greg Suhr hailed Chaplin as a hero for the shooting, the San Francisco Examiner reported at the time. Police said Barcenas, a known member of the Norteno gang, was planning to commit a gang-related killing that night in the southern part of the Mission District.
Years later in 2016, the late Mayor Ed Lee promoted Chaplin to temporarily replace Suhr after the former chief resigned in the wake of controversial police shootings and the racist text message scandal.
In the latest police shooting, police said two officers gave chase at 12:17 a.m. and recovered a firearm at the scene after opening fire. Court records show Barcenas was arrested at the same time at 1337 Grant Ave.
A witness previously told the Examiner he heard a bystander yell, “You shot him from the back.”
Jail records show Barcenas was booked Saturday evening on suspicion of a misdemeanor and five felonies including assault with a semi-automatic firearm on an officer and exhibiting a firearm to a police officer to resist arrest.
Barcenas is a convicted felon who was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to various charges in March 2014 but received credit for time served, according to court records.
A spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation declined to release information on when Barcenas was released.
In May 2014, the District Attorney’s Office declined to charge Chaplin for shooting Barcenas near 14th and Natoma streets on Sept. 20, 2014.
According to the decision letter, Chaplin and another sergeant spotted Barcenas walking in the area while holding a gun in his pants. Barcenas ran with Chaplin chasing behind him and shouting, “Police.”
Barcenas then turned toward Chaplin and pulled the gun out of his pants.
“Sergeant Chaplin knew the Tec 9 held more rounds than his service weapon, and could be easily converted to a fully automatic weapon that could penetrate his vest,” Assistant Chief District Attorney June Cravett said in the letter. “And he knew the consequences of firing the Tec 9 on this busy street could be terrible.”
Chaplin fired three rounds striking Barcenas in the side, leg and calf. Barcenas then hopped a fence but was detained and his firearm recovered.
At the time, Barcenas was on parole for assault with a firearm.
Barcenas is currently being held on $528,000.