Public Defender: Man Has Lost Job Because Of Shooting By Off-Duty SFPD Officer

A man accused of attacking an off-duty San Francisco police officer early Sunday morning, prompting her to fire a gun at him, pleaded not guilty today to five felony and misdemeanor charges.

Joel Henriquez, 37, pleaded not guilty to felony assault on a police officer, assault, making criminal threats, resisting arrest and misdemeanor reckless driving for an incident that began at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday.

According to police, the officer and Henriquez were involved in a minor collision on Interstate Highway 280, and pulled off the highway and stopped near Bayshore Boulevard and Jerrold Avenue.

During the interaction that ensued, Henriquez allegedly punched the officer and she fired her service weapon, causing a graze wound to Henriquez, police said.

Henriquez has since posted $115,000 bail, and appeared in court today with family members. He left after the hearing and declined to speak to reporters.

Deputy Public Defender Phong Wang said Henriquez is the sole breadwinner for his family and has lost his job as a result of the case.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Rochelle East ordered Henriquez to stay away from the officer and to return to court on Feb. 19 to set a date for a preliminary hearing in the case.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting, as is standard department procedure.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • derpderp

    well, if he did actually haul off and punch woman on the side of the road (and not in self-defense)- then he’s getting what he deserves.

  • 99to1

    Hard to believe she had to shoot him. Brandishing the gun should have halted the fight.

    Way too often, police officers get away scot free with what ought to be regarded as criminal gunplay. All they have to do is call it “duty” or “self-defense.” It’s

    their duty-sworn word against all other evidence or testimony (or lack of same when,as it often turns out, they’ve already killed the potential witness).Police have a permanent “Stand Your Ground” license to kill.

    In the past week, CHP in Oakland shot and killed 2 “suspects” after first chasing them in cars and then on foot,. No report about either of the dead quarry being armed or posing a danger to the cops chasing them down and shooting at them.

    What were the CHP pursuits in Oakland about? Does a traffic violation warrant an instant death sentence?

    This kind of rampant police criminality passes without comment in the news reports as if this is just standard police procedure. Sadly, it is.

    And in an extremely rare event, a BART cop this week managed to kill his partner as the two of them burst into an (empty) house with guns drawn. I’m waiting to see if they even had a proper warrant.

    I guess the social presumption these days is, if you flee from police, or don’t answer their knock, they have a right to kill you — regardless of whatever “crime.”
    is alleged or suspected.

    Judging from the lack of legal consequences for killer cops, you’d have to conclude our society grants police the powers of judge, jury, and executioner.