Two people were hospitalized after being struck by a police officer’s gunfire this morning in San Francisco’s Mission District, a police officer said.
At about 2 a.m., two groups of people confronted each other just outside of a bar in the area of 17th and Valencia streets, Officer Gordon Shyy said.
One person in the confrontation pulled out a firearm and, upon seeing the weapon, another person ran to the Mission police department, which was right across the street, Shyy said.
The person flagged down two officers and when they arrived at the area of the confrontation, they saw the suspect pointing a firearm at the opposing group of people, Shyy said.
Two hospitalized in early morning officer-involved shooting in San Francisco’s Mission district [Ex]
One of the officers opened fire on the suspect, hitting the suspect and another person, Shyy said.
Both gunshot victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries, according to Shyy.
Upon further investigation, detectives learned the firearm used by the suspect was a replica gun, Shyy said.
“The firearm in the suspect’s possession was an air-powered firearm that is capable of discharging a projectile if in proper working order,” Shyy said Sunday afternoon.
“Further testing has to be done by SFPD to determine what type of projectile it discharges and if this specific weapon was in operable condition,” Shyy said.
As of 6:15 a.m., detectives remained at the scene of the “very active investigation,” according to Shyy.
Several people in the area were detained for questioning by homicide investigators.
The two officers will be placed on paid administrative leave after both are questioned by investigators.
According to Shyy, a town hall meeting will be held by Chief Suhr this week regarding the incident, with details to come.
As of Sunday afternoon at 1:30, both suspects remained in life-threatening condition, Shyy said.
Bay City News contributed significantly to this report.