07/27/2006

San Francisco officer killed during van chase

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO- A San Francisco police officer died early Wednesday after a van involved in a chase hit his cruiser, flipping it onto the sidewalk.

The 39-year-old officer, whose name has not been released, arrived at an intersection in the city's Bayview District to assist other officers pursuing a van matching the description of a vehicle used in a robbery at a city bus station, according to San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong.

The officers chased the van down a city street and onto Interstate 280 before it exited the freeway in the southern part of the city where the officer killed was stationed. The van hit his vehicle, causing it to hit a curb and flip on its side.

The crash occurred just after 1 a.m.

The officer received CPR at the scene and was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital where he later died, police said. The officer had been on the force for five years.

Four suspects in the van were taken into custody, police said.

The last San Francisco police officer to die in the line of duty was Sgt. Darryl Tsujimoto. The 41-year-old department veteran died May 1 during a canine training exercise on Treasure Island.

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