(Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Man who died after allegedly shooting SFPD officer is ID’d

The man accused of shooting a San Francisco police officer Friday has been identified as a 26-year-old Pacifica resident, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.

Nick McWherter died Sunday from gunshot wounds inflicted by officers after the incident.

McWherter is alleged to have shot Officer Kevin Downs in the head Friday night. Downs, who was hospitalized after the shooting and may have been partially paralyzed.

The incident began when two officers responded to a call around 8:15 p.m. about a possibly disturbed person in the unit block of Everglade Drive near the Lakeshore Shopping Center.

When the two officers approached the man, he opened fire and hit one officer in the head. The suspect then fled toward Sigmund Stern Grove.

Officers responded to the scene and the suspect was seen coming from bushes at 28th Avenue and Vicente Street.

Several officers then chased and shot the suspect. He fell to the ground but would not let go of the firearm near his chest and refused to surrender.

Flash bang devices eventually distracted him enough so he could be detained and taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

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