A homicide suspect opened fire on two San Francisco police officers on Sunday night, sending at least six rounds into the officers’ car before one of the officers shot him dead, police reported Monday.
Charles Breed, 33, worked with an accomplice, whom police later arrested, allegedly to kill two people at 10:10 p.m., police spokesman Neville Gittens said Monday. Breed then allegedly opened fire on a patrol car responding to a call of shots fired.
The killings bring The City’s homicide total to 64 for the year. Two other people were killed in homicides Sunday, and Daniel Murphy, 48, died over the weekend after a gunman shot him at Fort Funston in an apparently random attack last week. The homicide total was 47 at this time last year.
The officers in the car responded to Flora Street in Bayview district and called to Breed, whom they saw standing in the open, Gittens said. “Then he [Breed] turns and starts
firing on them while they’re sitting in the car.” The officers got out of their patrol car and one returned fire, hitting Breed, Gittens said.
After the gun battle, police investigated the scene to find two homicide victims with gunshot wounds to their heads in a car
that apparently rolled to the bottom of the street’s slope,
about half a block away. One victim has been identified as 50-year-old Valerie Henderson of San Francisco. The identity of the other victim, a male, has not been released, pending notification of his family.
Gittens said witnesses reported seeing Breed helping an apparently disabled man out of another wrecked car parked farther up the hill on Flora Street and put him into a wheelchair. Gittens said officers arrested that man, Safolo Brown, 34, and booked him on two counts of murder and one count of conspiracy.
Officers surmised the wrecked car out of which Breed helped Brown was their getaway
vehicle, but it was damaged when the car containing the victims hit it as the victims’ car rolled down the hill. Gittens said the car had front-end damage and was not drivable.</p>
The officers who responded to the initial call are on paid administrative leave as a matter of department policy.
Both Breed and Brown have criminal records, according to police. Breed was charged with a narcotics sale in 1997, and Brown was charged with a variety of crimes, from robbery to narcotics and weapons possession, from 1990 to 2005.
Latest round of gunfire comes on heels of two other killings
Police investigators already were busy with two homicides that occurred early Sunday when they responded to shots being fired.
The bloody weekend brings the homicide total to 64 this year, which puts The City on pace to meet or exceed last year’s record-setting total of 96.
The first homicide Sunday took place just after 2:30 a.m. on San Bruno Avenue and Burrows Street in the Silver Terrace neighborhood.
According to police Sgt. Steve Mannina, two people — a man and a teenage boy — were just leaving a friend’s house in their car when a small red automobile blocked them from the front.
Someone got out of the car and opened fire on the two, killing 21-year-old San Francisco resident Robert Stanford and injuring the unidentified juvenile.
Police are still investigating the homicide, as well as a fatal shooting that occurred only a few hours later in the 700 block of Missouri Street in Potrero Hill.
Mannina said the victim, Maurice Love, an 18-year-old Oakland resident, was working on a car when a red Dodge pickup truck pulled up. Someone got out of the vehicle and fired on Love, who was later pronounced dead.
Police are working to pull together suspect information on these homicides. Anyone with information is urged to call the San Francisco anonymous tip line at 575-4444.