Two Injured, Multiple Cars Crunched: Out-Of-State Rental Car Leads Police On Wild Chase Across San Francisco

An officer and a suspect were injured during a vehicle pursuit and shooting that ended in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood on Monday night, according to a police spokesman.

At about 8:50 p.m. on Monday, officers in San Francisco’s Bayview district attempted to pull over the driver of a rental vehicle (ABC7 reports that it was a Dodge Challenger) with Nevada plates in which there appeared to be contraband or a weapon in the passenger area, San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The driver fled in the vehicle and was pursued by officers onto Interstate Highway 280 and through the Bayview, Ingleside, Taraval, and Park police districts.

“During the pursuit, the suspect caused or was involved in multiple traffic collisions,” Shyy said.

The suspect was traveling north on 19th Avenue just south of Taraval Street when he maneuvered the vehicle he was driving to evade police and struck an officer, according to Shyy.

Another officer, who Shyy says believed “the suspect was attempting to cause serious bodily injury to him and the another officer” discharged his firearm, but did not strike the suspect, according to police.

The suspect evaded police and continued toward the Upper Haight, Shyy said.

In the area of Waller and Stanyan streets near SFPD’s Park Station and Golden Gate Park, the suspect drove the vehicle onto the sidewalk, into a cul-de-sac, and crashed into a concrete barrier, according to Shyy.

The suspect fled from the vehicle and briefly attempted to evade police on foot, before he was detained and taken into custody. He was then transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

The officer that was injured by the suspect was also taken to San Francisco General Hospital, treated and released, Shyy said.

Shyy said that the public would have to wait “until he is booked into SF County Jail,” to learn the identity of the suspect.

Shyy said northbound 19th Avenue at Taraval Street was blocked for a couple hours while police investigated the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call police at (415) 553-0123.

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Hannah Albarazi of Bay City News contributed to this report

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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