Calif. officer discharges weapon after being struck by vehicle
Investigators are searching for a man whose car door struck a police officer's arm, causing the officer to accidentally fire a single shot
By Joe Garofoli
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — Investigators are searching for a man whose car door struck a police officer's arm Saturday morning as the cop approached the stolen vehicle in North Beach, causing the officer to accidentally fire a single shot. There were no reported injuries.
At 10:45 a.m., an officer patrolling in a squad car equipped with license plate recognition technology found a stolen vehicle in the 400 block of Broadway, police spokesperson Albie Esparza said Saturday. The technology has the capability to scan every license plate it sees, alerting to police to any that are stolen or belong to a wanted person.
The officer, gun drawn, approached the stolen vehicle and noticed that there was someone inside. As the driver took off in the car, one of the doors, which had been ajar, struck the officer's arm, causing him to fire the weapon, Esparza said. The officer was not injured.
The stolen vehicle was found a short time later in the 700 block of Clay Street. It had been struck by a bullet, but there was no sign that anyone had been hit by the gunshot, Esparza said.
Police are seeking the driver, who they described as a white or Hispanic male between 25- and 30-years-old.
Internal Affairs officers are investigating the incident, as they do every time an officer's weapon is discharged. However, the officer has been reassigned from patrol duty and will be paid while the investigation continues.
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