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SFPD: Officer-involved shooting Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Thursday May 13

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Amancay Tapia
Amancay Tapia
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It happened last Friday, May 7, around 1pm on Varney Place near 3rd Street. That morning, plainclothes officers from Central Station were conducting an auto burglary operation when they located a known auto burglary suspect vehicle. The officers spotted that the vehicle was occupied by at least three suspects.

What followed was an officer-involved shooting in which a suspect was struck by gunfire.The two other suspects fled in the vehicle.

The officers immediately offered aid to the injured suspect and medics arrived on scene soon after. An ambulance took the suspect to the hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The police is still searching for the vehicle and the suspects who fled.

6 days after the shooting, and as part of SFPD’s commitment to transparency and accountability with the community, a virtual town hall meeting regarding this officer-involved shooting is taking place tomorrow May 13, at 3:00 p.m. to share with the community updates on the shooting that occurred on Varney Place.

The incident is currently being investigated by the San Francisco District Attorney's Office Independent Investigations Bureau (IIB), the San Francisco Police Department Investigative Services Division (ISD), the SFPD Internal Affairs Division (IAD), and the Department of Police Accountability (DPA).

The virtual town hall will be streamed live on SFGovTV’s YouTube page ( It will also be streamed on SFPD’s Facebook page (

In California, the crime of auto burglary occurs when someone enters a locked automobile or its trunk, with the intent either to either steal the car, steal property inside the car or commit any other felony inside the vehicle. Depending on the circumstances, the offense can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony.

California auto burglary law does not cover the act of breaking into someone else’s locked car. Instead, a car break-in is only considered auto burglary if the person intended to commit a theft of the vehicle or property inside of it, or the person intended to commit some other felony inside the vehicle.

California auto burglary is a form of so-called “second-degree” burglary and it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the prosecutor’s choice.For those charged with auto burglary as a misdemeanor, the maximum penalty will be imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.

However, for those charged with auto burglary as a felony, the jail sentence may be from sixteen months up to three years.

According to the public policy institute of California, San Francisco is the only city out of California’s four major cities in which residential burglaries increased, but they did so dramatically by about 78%. As for motor vehicle theft, data from the SFPD , shows that between January and May 2021, there were 2,022 incidents reported.

Members of the public that may have any information about this incident, can call the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text-A-Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.You may remain anonymous.

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