San Francisco police officer involved in deadly shooting on Market Street

UPDATE 10/16/15 2PM  KRON4 News has learned that the San Francisco Medical Examiner has identified the person shot and killed by an officer on Thursday. 27 year old Herbert Benitez  of San Francisco was shot after fighting with a police officer at the intersection of Market and 8th Street.

UPDATE 7:15 P.M.: San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said a man in his 20s was fatally shot by a police sergeant in the city’s Mid-Market neighborhood Thursday afternoon when he allegedly took another sergeant’s firearm.

Suhr said the incident occurred after two senior police sergeants form the Tenderloin Station were hailed by a worker at a construction site on Eighth Street who reported a man throwing glass bottles onto the street.

The construction worker told police he had approached the man and asked him to stop, out of concern that the broken glass would damage the tires on construction vehicles. The man allegedly became hostile toward the worker, however, and challenged him to call police.

One of the sergeants approached the man and attempted to take him into custody, but as he tried to handcuff the man a violent struggle ensued, according to police.

UPDATE: San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said a man in his 20s was fatally shot by a police sergeant in the city’s Mid-Market neighborhood Thursday afternoon when the man allegedly took another sergeant’s firearm.

Suhr said two senior police sergeants were hailed down in response to a man throwing glass bottles onto the street.

One of the sergeants approached the man and a violent struggle ensued, Suhr said.

The sergeant got on top of the suspect and then yelled to his partner, “He’s getting my gun. He’s got my gun. Shoot him,” Suhr said.

His partner then fired two shots, striking the suspect. The other sergeant’s gun came to rest on the sidewalk, according to Suhr.

The suspect, described as a man in his late 20s, died at the scene, Suhr said.

He said the sergeants were transported to a hospital and are both in stable condition. One suffered injuries to his face and knee, while the other sergeant suffered only facial injuries.

Coleogne Johnson, 47, of Pinole, said he was outside the Orpheum Theatre eating his lunch when he heard two pops and then saw a swarm of officers arrive at the intersection of Eighth and Market streets.

A van from the San Francisco medical examiner’s office responded to the intersection at about 1 p.m. The medical examiner’s office has not yet released the name of the man.

Market Street was shut down between Seventh and Ninth streets following the shooting, but has since reopened.

Eighth Street between Mission and Market streets remained closed as of 2:25 p.m. but all other streets in the area were reopening.

San Francisco Municipal Railway bus and streetcar routes that used Market Street were rerouted around the scene, but have since resumed normal service. Muni officials said riders should expect residual delays.

San Francisco (KRON) — Investigators are on scene of an officer-involved shooting that happened along a busy intersection in San Francisco on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, a San Francisco Police officer shot a person at Market Street and 8th Street sometime around noon.

Images from the scene show that at least one person was killed. It’s unknown if there were any other injuries in the shooting.

Details about what prompted the shooting have not been released.

Police officials have shut down the intersection of Market and 8th is closed and the public is being advised to avoid the area.

Public transportation is also affected by the incident as several Muni routes move through the intersection.

The investigation is expected to impact the commute for many motorists that travel through 8th Street and Market Street which leads to Highway 101 and Interstate 280 on and off ramps.

Here is a link to KRON4’s Realtime Traffic Maps 

KRON4 News has a crew headed to the scene.

 

 

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