06/02/2007

Off-duty fed shoots knife-wielding suspect; SF officer injured

By Peter Fimrite
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A federal agent shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect who had earlier stabbed a man and then shoved a San Francisco police officer into the path of a moving vehicle, a police spokesman said Friday.

The incident began just before 7 p.m., when a victim of a stabbing called police on his cell phone, according to San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens.

Gittens said the victim had jumped into his car after the stabbing and was following behind the suspect, who was traveling on foot. A police officer quickly caught up and confronted the suspect at Seventh and Harrison streets. The suspect suddenly pushed the officer, knocking him down into the street, where a car ran over at least one of his legs, Gittens said.

The suspect then fled on foot, with witnesses and police in hot pursuit. A federal protective service police officer tried to make an arrest on Sixth Street, near Harrison, but the fleeing suspect lunged at him with a knife. The officer then shot the suspect in the chest, Gittens said.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was being treated for life-threatening injuries Friday night. The officer who was run over was also being treated at San Francisco General for what Gittens' said were non-life-threatening injuries. His name also was not released.

The original victim was treated at the scene for a superficial stab wound and released, Gittens said.

Copyright 2007 San Francisco Chronicle

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