A San Francisco police officer was in critical condition early Saturday morning after suffering a gunshot wound to the head while responding to a report of a person making threats and causing a disturbance Friday night at the Lakeshore Shopping Center, police said.
The incident unfolded around 8:15 p.m. when two officers found the apparently disturbed person in the unit block of Everglade Drive, near the shopping center. When the officers tried to contact the person, he turned toward the officers and fired multiple shots, according to police.
One of the officers was struck in the head, and the suspect ran away toward Sigmund Stern Grove.
Other officers immediately responded and established a perimeter surrounding Stern Grove Park. A short time later, the suspect was spotted emerging from bushes at 28th Avenue and Vicente Street, and tried to run away again.
That’s when several officers chased and eventually shot the suspect, police said.
The suspect fell to the ground but continued to hold the firearm near his chest and refused multiple commands to surrender, police said. Tactical officers deployed flash bang devices to distract him, and then took him into custody.
The suspect was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, and his condition was not immediately known Saturday morning.
As of Saturday, the injured officer was conscious and with his family members, according to police.
“Our thoughts are with our injured officer and his family,” Acting Chief Toney Chaplin said in a statement. “Our officers each day put their lives at risk to protect and serve San Francisco and we are grateful for the outpouring of support we saw Friday evening from San Franciscans who were concerned for the officer’s well-being.”