San Francisco police shot a man who allegedly attacked two officers in the Mission District on Saturday morning.
The man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot near 23rd and Capp streets around 8:34 a.m., police said.
An officer who was injured in the confrontation was also taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, but is expected to survive.
The altercation started when police responded to a 911 call reporting a hot prowl burglary near the intersection.
Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson, said the man matched the description of the burglary suspect.
The man allegedly attacked the officers with a weapon before being shot, Rueca said. Police have not described the weapon.
“The suspect assaulted the officers,” Rueca said.
The shooting shook bystanders and raised concerns from advocates who believed that the burglary suspect may have been homeless. The incident also shut down two blocks of Mission Street between 24th and 22nd streets through the early afternoon.
Lisa Ruth, the manager of the Fallas discount store near 23rd and Mission streets, said she heard around eight gunshots before walking around the corner and seeing the aftermath of the shooting.
Ruth said she saw two officers working on an injured man who was lying on the ground. One of the officers was visibly upset while the other was “badly injured” and holding an ice bag over a cut on his face.
“His face was smashed, his nose was broken,” Ruth told reporters. “Bloody, banged up. His nose was cut. It looked broken.”
Witness video obtained by the San Francisco Examiner shows officers and paramedics rendering aid to the suspect as he lay in a pool of blood in the middle of 23rd Street outside Bank of America. The man was shirtless and appeared to be moving his head slowly.
The man is seen being lifted onto a stretcher and taken away. It’s unclear in the video where he was shot.
Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents the area on the Board of Supervisors and has been briefed on the incident, said police told her the man was shot after attacking an officer with an object.
“As with any officer-involved shooting there are a lot of questions,” Ronen told the San Francisco Examiner, adding that police will hold a town hall meeting to detail the incident within 10 days.
“The town hall will be held to see if this was handled properly, but right now there is no indication that it wasn’t,” Ronen said.
Hours after the shooting, a small group of Mission District residents and advocates gathered at the scene.
Dyne Biancardi, a tenant attorney who lives in the Mission District, held up a cardboard sign that read “homeless man shot by police today.”
“This is part of a pattern of police brutality that is a major concern throughout the whole country,” Biancardi said. “We cannot accept this in San Francisco, where the homelessness crisis is out of control. There are five empty homes to one homeless person.”
Police have not said whether the man is homeless or released other identifying details. It’s also unclear how the confrontation unfolded.
Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, told the Examiner in an email that the officers were attacked.
“Even on a Saturday morning, the streets of San Francisco can be extremely dangerous,” Montoya said. “These officers were attacked and one of them seriously injured while responding to a 911 call. We hope for a speedy recovery for our officers and that the suspect is held accountable for his violent act.”
This is the first on-duty police shooting by an SFPD officer since June 6, 2018, when Officer Joshua Cabillo shot a man during a foot pursuit in North Beach.
Body-camera video later showed the suspect in that case, Oliver Barcenas, appearing to ditch a handgun with an extended magazine.
Cabillo was not charged in connection with the incident.
Police Chief Bill Scott has since touted the lack of police shootings in San Francisco as evidence of reform.
The latest officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the SFPD Homicide Detail and Internal Affairs Division, the District Attorney’s Office Independent Investigations Bureau and the Department of Police Accountability.
Police plan to hold a town hall meeting to brief the public on the shooting within 10 days.
This story has been updated.