Three Detained Following Multi-County Chase in SF Police Officer Shooting

March 9, 2014 11:50 am · 27 comments

Three people were detained this morning after a police chase throughout multiple counties (including central Contra Costa County) stemming from an officer-involved shooting in San Francisco’s Mission District on Saturday afternoon, a San Francisco police spokesman said.

At about 12:30 a.m. today, officers detained three people at McKee Road and North 33rd Street in San Jose, San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Officers responded to a report of malicious activity in the 1300 block of Florida Street in San Francisco around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza.

The driver of a suspicious vehicle started to back up as two officers approached, Esparza said.

An officer who approached the driver’s side of the vehicle was hit by gunfire and a second officer shot multiple rounds at the car causing glass to shatter, he said.

The vehicle fled the scene and officers could not tell if the suspect was struck by gunfire, Esparza said.

The injured officer was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and underwent surgery. He was in serious but stable condition as of Saturday evening, according to Esparza.

The officer was identified as a 28-year-old man who has worked for the San Francisco Police Department for six years, Esparza said.

Shortly after the shooting the suspicious vehicle was found unoccupied in Daly City and officers searched the area for the suspects without success, he said.

San Francisco police developed leads and officers located and followed the suspicious vehicle into the East Bay, Shyy said.

The California Highway Patrol was called to assist in the chase around 11 p.m., according to Shyy.

CHP officers arrived and attempted to stop the vehicle on eastbound Interstate Highway 80 and Carlson Boulevard in Richmond, Shyy said.

The vehicle, described as a white sedan, failed to stop and evaded police, according to Shyy.

CHP officers continued to pursue the vehicle through Alameda, Solano and Contra Costa counties, police said.

The chase continued south on I-680 into Martinez, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and finally into San Jose where three people were detained.

An investigation is ongoing and police have not released the identities of the three pending interviews and charges to be determined by investigators, Shyy said.

Dorothy March 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Police, fire, and military personnel earn their pensions – when they live long enough. Politicians do not put their lives on the line, don’t even earn respect most of the time.

Anonymous March 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Politicians also put their lives on the line. Look back at history at how many politicians have been shot including Presidents, Members of Congress, their staff, etc.

And, frankly, if you use the “putting their lives on the line” to justify compensation, especially pensions, then our military should be getting a lot more. They are much more at risk than police officers.

Sabrina March 9, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I wish the officer a speedy recovery. Law enforcement risks their lives on a daily basis to protect us.

Emily March 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Do we understand correctly that the suspicious vehicle that was found unoccupied in Daly City soon after the shooting was then reoccupied by the suspects, who then led police on the chase that ended up in San Jose?
Hard to imagine how that could happen.

xoxo March 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Very Proud of this Investigative work!
Way to go CHP! Now the streets are a little safer.
Prayers for a full recovery for the Officer in the Hospital.

Michelle March 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Prayers for this officer-another life put on the line to protect and serve.

@ # 2 Anonymous March 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

How can you justify comparing politicians to police? That’s really a stretch.

Prayers for the officer wounded and a huge congratulations and thank you to the police agencies that worked together to capture the suspect.

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for police and fire while I have little or none for most politicians. Any comparison between the two is ludicrous.

Paul March 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Emily #4
It is clear whether it was the same vehicle in both incidents. I think the writer was saying something about developing leads and based on that, a new vehicle was identified. I could be wrong and maybe they didn’t approach the car when it was abandoned. Basically, hid and waited to see if they would come back. The article does say something about searching area though.

Paul March 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Sorry, I wanted to say unclear. LOL

Sheila March 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

The investigation is ongoing, I won’t speculate what went on.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer. I hope he’s okay.

Marianne March 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Prayers in hopes this officer recovers; terrible times we live in. I’m just glad these hoods were caught, we definitely don’t need them in our neighborhood.

the big cheese March 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

There are a lot of turds out there that have no respect for any authority
what so ever………best we get rid of them…………

Just Sayin March 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I missed the part in this story that said anything about pensions or that politicians are scumbags. Help me out here…….

Anon March 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM

F-ing hilarious how PC we losers are. They shot at police, ya there are going to be charged. “Detained” Then again, if they are black, AG Harris will get them off, no doubt.

kilo March 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

From listening to the news story earlier the vehicle involved in the shooting was recovered in Daly City. The vehicle that was chased was the ones they got into after ditching the one with the window shot out.

Dorothy March 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

@ JustSayin #13

Not a word in the story about pensions or politicians, just my thought that the work they do is worth whatever they get in pensions more than politicians get.

@#2 – agree, military are at more risk than police or fire personnel. But even though some politicians have died, it’s not a regular happening nor do they put their lives on the line in the same manner.

City Girl March 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Wow! My heart goes out to the injured officer, his colleagues and his family. To hear that your young son, dad, boyfriend, husband or fellow officer has been shot must be heart-wrenching.

My heartfelt prayers to anyone and everyone affected by this senseless act.

ScanMan March 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM

A different vehicle was used in the chase. I followed it on the scanner last night. Around 11:15 PM CHP lit up a Mercedes on HWY 80 in Richmond. They started off doing a slow chase, 20 mph then it picked up from there. They said the driver has been identified and he is the shooter. They went across the Carquinez bridge on to Vallejo and Fairfield. The Mercedes exited the freeway in Fairfield and someone threw a paper bag out. The police recovered it. “Drugs”. They came back westbound and took 680 south hitting 110 mph at times. CHP tried to spike them a few times but setup too late. Went across the Benica bridge then hit 120 mph at times. I finally lost them around 12:30PM when they were passing Milpitas. They switched to the CHP ruby channel, San Jose and were out of my range. Just missed the end of it. It was a good chase. Over an hour long and nobody was injured.

KenInConcord March 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I just don’t understand how it took so long to get a spike strip in front of this car. The chase went on for over an hour, and took a very predictable path! 680 from Fairfield to San Jose.

I’m not a expert but you have a car full of suspects that are armed and willing to shoot to kill. Why not stop this car at the bottom of the sunol grade where they are miles from general population.

Instead it ends in a in a gas station in a residential area of San Jose.

Anonymous March 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

@Dorothy #16
I would like to see the statistics. I’m wondering if politicians are shot just as often as police officers. I’m not a particular fan of politicians either. But, there are a lot of crazies out there who target them.

Lost and Happy March 9, 2014 at 8:16 PM

@#20…. please read your post over and over and….

Me thinks you are wrong on politicians being shot as often as police officers. Sure officers have more trouble with vehicular deaths on an average year than gun shots, but putting politicians in the same light as cops being shot is ridiculous at best

Victor March 9, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I hope the officer is alright.

Sgt. Turdy March 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Time to put some rockets & machine guns on the CHP Helicopters.

Anonymous March 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

A poster asked why it took so long to end the chase: A reasonable question. What may seem, in retrospect, to be a predictable path for crooks to follow fairly often becomes unpredictable. Crooks are like that, unpredictable.. Not every police car carries a spike strip, and they cant be deployed wily-nilly. It takes some planning and the right conditions, remembering that the Officer deploying the strip is only a few feet from a car load of crooks.

In 2007, CHP lost an Officer who was deploying a spike strip, the driver of the car swerved at, and ran over him. You can bet the CHP is pretty cautious when deploying spike strips.

Pursuits aren’t easy things. They are subjected to huge internal questioning after the fact, and California Officers are well trained to assess the relative dangers in a pursuit, and terminate them if its not worth it.

Bottom line is a cop shooter got caught and no innocent citizen was hurt- pretty good outcome.

Why can't they set up a Sniper...??? March 9, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Gotta be hard to outrun Cops when your head is nothing more than a bloody neck stump…

umm March 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

So the suspect was arrested for everything except shooting the cop. seems odd. I am just guessing that the cop was shot by another cop who shot at the suspect when he fled.

Dr. Jellyfinger® March 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

#25 That would take one hell of a shot. Well maybe we can collect some DNA from Lee Harvey Oswald & clone him, but would probably be easier just to shoot out some tires or put a few rounds through the radiator than to actually shoot the driver. Also if they shot the driver and he was seriously wounded or dead the car would be hurtling along out of control & might kill somebody nice.

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