A man was critically injured in a broad-daylight shootout with cops in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood Wednesday, police said.
The man, who hasn't been identified, opened fire on police on Larkin Street following a traffic stop on Bush Street around 1:30 p.m., San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said.
The man bolted from the car and two officers chased him onto Larkin Street. At one point he turned around and fired a .380-caliber handgun at least twice on the officers, Suhr said. At least one officer fired back, the chief said.
The suspect was wounded in the head, according to witnesses who spoke with The San Francisco Examiner. Two witnesses corroborated the police report that the suspect fired at cops first.
The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
At the crime scene, police found an ID of a wanted parolee on the ground, but it wasn't immediately known if it belonged to the suspect, Suhr said.
A female passenger who was in the suspect's car hopped into the driver seat and fled. Cops believe they know her from the neighborhood and are searching for her, Suhr said.
Witness Hamood Al Badani, 51, said the shootout erupted while he was in the crosswalk on Bush Street crossing Larkin Street. He said the suspect was shooting errantly at the police, he said.
“[The suspect] shot like five or six times,” Al Badani said, adding that at one point he stood only five feet from him. “He was shooting like a crazy, he had no control.”
Al Badani said he’s from Michigan and had just arrived for a visit to San Francisco on Wednesday. He said the gunfire did not scare him.
“I was just in Yemen.” he said.
A pool of blood could be seen in the street, and police had cordoned off the area with crime scene tape.
Suhr said police officers were justified in defending themselves against the gunman. Surveillance footage in the area caught some of the interaction, but it wasn't clear if the shooting was filmed.
The cops were about 25 feet from the suspect when they opened fire, police said.
“I think the officers did a fantastic job,” Suhr said.