The SFPD sent out an update statement Monday regarding the status of Officer Chris Kohrs, who stands accused of two counts of felony hit-and-run after his car plowed into two pedestrians in North Beach early Sunday. The department, however, stubbornly refuses to use the nickname Kohrs is now known by nationally: The Hot Cop of the Castro.
According to the statement, Kohrs is currently "on leave due to an unrelated medical condition." They add, "If he becomes eligible to return to duty, he would then be placed on suspension." Curious, no?
Kohrs is a seven-year veteran with the SFPD, and they say he was placed under arrest on Sunday after being interviewed by Internal Affairs. And, they said, "Due to pending identification matters, no booking photo will be released at this time." Aww!
Meanwhile, this story has made international news, landing in the LA Times, in the UK Daily Mail, and on Inside Edition, among other places. Being hot, you see, means everyone wants to read about you.
The pedestrians who were struck had reportedly non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover.
As Kohrs told SFist in this interview last year, he was born into a military family in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Belmont, California and Minnesota. He remains, as far as we know, heterosexual and single, and his recently revived Facebook fan page (he asked the page creator to take it down last year), has over 52,000 likes. Today, that creator posted a statement saying, "I'm am deeply saddened and extremely disappointed about the incident involving Officer Chris this weekend. I don't know any more details other than what has already been reported by the various news outlets, but based on what I've read I don't think it's appropriate to keep this page going."
Maybe if he says he's sorry all will be forgiven, though? Because he's hot?