Off-Duty SFPD Officer Says She Shot Man After He Punched Her In The Face

A man who was shot at by an off-duty San Francisco police sergeant during a confrontation that stemmed from a fender-bender on Interstate Highway 280 early Sunday morning has been arrested, police said today.

The sergeant was involved in a minor collision with the suspect on I-280 around 12:10 a.m., and both pulled off of the highway and stopped near Jerrold Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard to exchange information, police said.

However, during the interaction, the man allegedly punched the female sergeant in the face. She then discharged her gun, and the bullet struck the pavement, and some sort of fragment hit the suspect in the lower body, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The man, identified as 37-year-old Joel Henriquez, refused medical attention, police said.

Henriquez, who was not armed, was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, battery on a police officer, and making threats against an executive officer, according to Esparza.

The sergeant, who has not been identified, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the shooting is investigated. Esparza said she has been with the force for at least 10 years.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • Sooneridver

    He punches her she shots at him and hits the ground… pure escalation! Both should be behind bars; he for assault and she for discharging her weapon (excessive use of force). If she could not handle herself with ‘hand to hand’ then she should have used her Taser or night stick; but jumping straight to her gun shows a lack of confidence in her ability to handle a minor situation. This female officer is a very poor representative of SFPD, but on second thought…

    • newell london

      It’s excessive use of force for private citizens but not for police officers even off duty ones. A private citizen has to prove to be in reasonable fear of their lives, but not officers, only in reasonable fear of their safety.

      There have been numerous fatal incidents of citizens tussling off duty cops, not realizing they are police officers, even off duty. Then their buddies at the station and at the prosecutor’s offices cover for them. It’s often only when contradictory video like the one of Oscar Grant’s killing, that they then charge their own.


    Making criminal threats and making threats against an executive officer? Is that the same threat? what the hell is that? sounds like they are piling on charges to protect the shooter… and did she ID herself as an police officer prior to firing gun?