Footage from a body-worn camera shows an unidentified police officer fire their weapon through the passenger window of a police car. Keita O'Neil, a 42-year-old carjacking suspect, was shot and killed as a result of the incident. (Courtesy SFPD)

SFPD releases identity of rookie cop who fatally shot suspect in Bayview

The rookie San Francisco police officer who shot and killed a man in the Bayview during his fourth day on the job earlier this month has been identified as Officer Christopher Samayoa.

The San Francisco Police Department released his name Monday, 10 days after Samayoa fatally shot a carjacking suspect who was fleeing from police at Fitzgerald Avenue and Griffith Street on Dec. 1.

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The police shooting of 42-year-old Keita O’Neil outraged community members who gathered at the Ark of Hope Church last Thursday to view body camera footage of the shooting and hear police Chief Bill Scott remark on the incident.

O’Neil was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

Samayoa opened fire from the passenger seat of a patrol car when O’Neil exited a stolen California Lottery truck that police had been chasing.

The shooting remains under investigation by numerous city agencies, including the District Attorney’s Office.

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