San Francisco, CA – A San Francisco bike officer was critically injured after being ran down and intentionally struck by a suspect in an SUV.
The incident occurred about 12:30 PM Wednesday afternoon, October 18, on Turk Street near Van Ness Avenue, about three blocks from City Hall.
Sgt. Michael Andraychak, San Francisco Police Department spokesman, said that the officer was on his department-issued bicycle, investigating a firearms case, where a suspect was reported to be in possession of a firearm.
He said the suspect in that case saw the officer approach him, and intentionally hit him with his SUV, according to SFGate .
The suspect fled, and police located his abandoned vehicle, a Lexus SUV, near the intersection of Fell Street and Central Avenue in the Panhandle just north of Buena Vista Park.
The officer, whose name was not released, was critically injured.
He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent surgery, according to Sgt. Andraychak, and remains in critical condition.
Police established a crime scene and cordoned off Turk Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street.
Earlier this afternoon, neighborhood residents were asked to shelter in place.
A construction worker who was working in the area said “I heard cops, they were everywhere in the park…There were maybe 40 or 50 of them. They had people on bikes, motorcycles, horses all over the park.”
A suspect was arrested in this incident about 3:30 PM Wednesday afternoon, but his name and charges have not been released.
No further details have been released about the incident.
Mayor Ed Lee went to the hospital, where he later said “All I know is he’s in very critical condition.”
In December, San Francisco Police Commission passed a policy which prohibited officers from shooting at moving vehicles, even if the vehicles are being used as weapons against officers.
The policy would have prevented any officers from shooting at the suspect.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured San Francisco bike officer. Get well, soon.