At the scene of an SFPD-involved shooting at the corner of Shafter Avenue and Industrial Street. pic.twitter.com/PQAmitSA2u— Kevin Schultz (@KevinEdSchultz) May 19, 2016
A 27-year-old African American woman died this morning at SF General after being shot by SFPD near Elmira Street and Shafter Avenue in the Bayview. At present, details are light but Officer Albie Esparza informed CBS 5 that the shooting occurred around 10 a.m.
According to statements at a press conference this morning, the woman reportedly died from a single gunshot wound, and police on scene say that she is accused of stealing a car — likely the one pictured below.
Mayor Ed Lee spoke this morning about the shooting, and the Chronicle reports he said the situation made him “very uneasy.”
According to the paper, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr said the woman appeared to both be unarmed and attempting to drive away from, not toward, the officers at the time she was shot.
“Obviously, I have to hold the chief accountable for everything the officers do in every circumstance, especially when an officer-involved shooting is the circumstance,” Lee observed of Suhr. “It’s very tragic to have an individual die in an officer-involved shooting. We just need to make sure we’re doing all the right things to prevent that from happening.”
“This is exactly the kind of thing, with ongoing reforms, that we are trying to avoid,” Suhr told those gathered.
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released a statement this afternoon critical of SFPD's handling of this morning's shooting. In it, he called for a civil rights investigation into the police force.
"It is unacceptable for police encounters with unarmed citizens to end in bullet wounds and body bags," Adachi wrote. "While details are still scarce, I am deeply disturbed by reports that the young woman gunned down today was driving away from officers. She was entitled to due process and, above all, she was entitled to her life."
The Public Defender continued that "[police] reforms and policy changes are meaningless if they aren’t accompanied by a major shift in police culture, away from shooting first and asking questions later. I am reiterating my request that the California Attorney General’s Office open its own civil rights investigation into the San Francisco Police Department.”
UPDATE: As of the end of the afternoon Thursday, Mayor Ed Lee has asked Chief Suhr to resign, and he has.
SF General Hospital says female suspect shot by SFPD officer in Bayview has died. pic.twitter.com/tsShEP9frH— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) May 19, 2016
A 27-year-old black female died from her injuries from a single shot from one SFPD officer, Police Chief Greg Suhr.— Kevin Schultz (@KevinEdSchultz) May 19, 2016
This post has been updated throughout.