Police praised for handgun arrests

Two loaded handguns were taken off The City's streets in two separate downtown incidents this past weekend, according to police.

At 6:40 p.m. Sunday, officers approached a “suspicious male subject holding a shaving kit” at the corner of Market and 6th streets and chased him when he sprinted away, according to a police department statement.

The 28-year old man, Eric Phillips of San Francisco, was chased down and arrested on various firearm- and drug-related charges after he allegedly tossed a loaded handgun and the narcotics-filled shaving kit as he fled, according to the statement.

At 11:30 p.m. Monday, officers in a marked patrol car hit their sirens and ordered a cyclist on Bryant Street near 8th Street to stop because he didn't have a light for his bike, according to the statement.

But the 23-year old man, Andre Westwalker of San Francisco, sped away and allegedly threw away a loaded handgun in the subsequent chase. He was arrested on firearm-related charges.

It was illegal under state law for the men to be carrying the weapons because of their past run-ins with the law, according to police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams.

“This was just some good observations made by officers while out on patrol,” Williams said. “Any time we can take a gun of the street that's kudos for the officers.”

In June, Mayor Gavin Newsom and other city officials announced The City would attempt to increase illegal gun seizures by 25 percent over previous annual tallies of 1,200.

As part of that effort, The City has started offering rewards of up to $1,000 to tipsters using a program called GunStop based on a similar program in New York.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

arrestsBay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF moves into purple tier, triggering curfew and business shutdowns

San Francisco moved into the state’s purple COVID-19 tier Saturday, requiring The… Continue reading

San Francisco lacks housing data that would let it track rental vacancies and prices. New legislation is seeking to change that.<ins> (Photo by Joel Angel Jurez/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Landlords blast proposal to require annual report on rentals as invasion of privacy

Housing inventory could give city better data on housing vacancies, affordability

University of San Francisco head coach Todd Golden coaches his team on defense during a 2019 gameat War Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Stunner in Bubbleville: USF upsets fourth-ranked Virginia

Less than 48 hours removed from a loss to a feeble UMass… Continue reading

Health care workers would be the first group in the state to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Go Nakamura/Getty Images/TNS)
Hope on the way: Here’s what to know about California’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

The first batch of doses could hit the state as soon as early December

The Big Game was played Friday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. (Shutterstock)
Stanford blocks extra point to stun Cal, win 123rd Big Game 24-23

The 123rd edition of the Big Game featured a number of firsts.… Continue reading

Most Read