North Beach Car Theft Suspect Still At Large Following SFPD Confrontation

2:53 PM: An officer’s weapon fired when a fleeing auto thief’s open car door struck the officer in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood this morning, a police spokesman said.

The incident occurred around 10:40 a.m. near the intersection of Montgomery and Broadway streets after the officer approached the driver of a parked stolen vehicle, according to San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza.

Esparza said upon seeing the officer, the suspect began to drive away. A car door was ajar, and the force of the vehicle accelerating caused it to fly open, hitting the officer and causing the officer’s weapon to fire a round, the spokesman said.

He said he initially learned that a patrol car may have been hit, prompting the officer to fire a round, but later learned that wasn’t the case.

The officer was unharmed in the incident, which is being investigated by the police department’s Internal Affairs unit, the spokesman said.

Officers later recovered the stolen car nearby in the 700 block of Clay Street. Police found that the vehicle had been punctured by a bullet but no evidence of any injuries, Esparza said.

Police are still attempting to locate the suspect.

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12:05 PM: Police are searching for a suspected car thief who rammed a police car in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, prompting at least one officer to fire their weapon, a police spokesman said.

The incident occurred some time before 11 a.m. after officers attempted to stop the driver of a stolen vehicle, according to San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza.

Esparza said the driver took off and struck a patrol car, causing at least one of the officers to open fire.
No one was injured, and the suspect got away, he said.

The suspect remained at large as of noon. No description was available.

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