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Suspect in Hospital After Shootout with 2 S.F. Officers

July 14, 2002

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Suspect in Hospital After Shootout with 2 S.F. Officers

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by Heather Knight, SF Chronicle

A parolee was in critical condition Sunday night after being shot multiple times by two San Francisco police officers, one of whom was grazed by gunfire, police reported.

The shootout began at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 18th and Arkansas streets in Potrero Hill when two officers with the Bayview station, David Parry and Clayton Harmston, pulled over a driver whose two-door gray Toyota lacked license plates.

The driver - identified as Christopher John Parks, 21, of Fresno, an ex- felon on parole for drugs and weapons charges - got out of the car, knocked Harmston to the ground and began shooting at him, police said. "I'm on parole, and I'm not going back," Parks said, according to police.

Both Harmston and Parry returned fire, shooting Parks four times. Harmston received a superficial hip wound and several lacerations from falling to the ground, according to a nursing supervisor at San Francisco General Hospital, where both he and Parks were taken. Harmston was discharged from the hospital Sunday night.

Parks was in critical condition following surgery, the nursing supervisor said. Police said Parks had had two ounces of crack cocaine in his possession during Sunday's incident.

If he survives, police said, he will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer, possession of crack cocaine and having a firearm as an ex- felon.

A passenger riding in the suspect's car ran off as the shootout began but was arrested a short time later and taken to the Bayview police station for questioning.

"I'm sure he'll be charged with something, but I'm not sure what," said Officer Richard Ernst.

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