VIDEO: Suspect accused of shooting SFPD officer dies

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—The suspect who allegedly shot a San Francisco police officer on Friday night has died, according to San Francisco General Hospital.

26-year-old Nicholas McWherter of Pacifica died around 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

The medical examiner has been told about the death and will start investigating the case.

Around 8:15 p.m., officers responded to Lakeshore Shopping Center in regards to a subject threatening people and causing a disturbance.

When officers arrived, they found the suspect on Everglade Drive and approached him. The suspect then fired multiple shots with one striking an officer in the head.

McWherter then left into Stern Grove, according to police.

Officers cornered the suspect on the intersection of 28th and Vicente streets.

The SWAT team used a flash bang device to take McWherter into custody.

The officer is expected to survive, but is paralyzed on one side of his body. He is recovering at San Francisco General Hospital.

KRON4’s Ella Sogomonian spoke to a friend of the police officer who was shot. The friend has identified the officer as 25-year-old Kevin Downs.

Acting police chief Toney Chaplin said Saturday that the officer has been on the force for two years.

Chaplin says the officer does not have a graze wound.

“It was a lot more than that,” he said. “One centimeter down and this may have been a fatality for the officer. He underwent surgery to remove fragments from his brain.”

A town hall meeting will be held on Thursday to tell residents more information about the shooting.

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