Police have blocked off the area near a reported officer-involved shooting at Varney Place and Third Street. (Photo courtesy Charlie Jacobson)

Police have blocked off the area near a reported officer-involved shooting at Varney Place and Third Street. (Photo courtesy Charlie Jacobson)

Man shot and injured by SF police during auto burglary investigation

San Francisco police shot a man on Friday when plainclothes officers encountered several auto burglary suspects in the South Park area, according to police.

The man was struck in or near the wrist and taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital from the scene of the shooting at Third Street and Varney Place near Brannan Street, multiple police sources said. The suspect is expected to survive.

The San Francisco Police Department confirmed that an “officer-involved shooting” occurred in the area at around 12:48 p.m., but declined to describe the encounter.

“We are not providing details as to how the encounter occurred,” Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson, told reporters during a press briefing at the scene.

Rueca said plainclothes officers from Central Station were conducting an auto burglary investigation in the area when they spotted a vehicle believed to be associated with car break-ins in San Francisco.

The vehicle was carrying at least three suspects, Rueca said. At some point one of the suspects was shot, while the other two fled the scene in the vehicle.

Rueca declined to confirm how many officers opened fire, where the man was shot or how many bullets were fired.

No officers are believed to have been injured during the incident.

One witness who was eating lunch in the area reported hearing yelling from the alley and a single shot, but did not provide additional information.

Police are expected to release further details in the case at a town hall meeting within the next 10 days.

Investigations into the incident by multiple agencies are ongoing.

This story has been updated with additional information.


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