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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Protesters returned to San Francisco’s Mission District Friday night to protest an officer-involved shooting that left a man injured Thursday.
After gathering in Dolores Park around 8 p.m., the protesters marched through the Mission, vandalizing several banks by breaking windows and spraypainting.
The protesters returned Friday night for a second anti-police march after a spontaneous protest gathered Thursday around the Mission District Police Station in response to an earlier officer-involved shooting.
On Thursday, dozens of protesters surrounded the police station at 630 Valencia St. around 10:30 p.m. while one person vandalized the police station, according to San Francisco police.
Vandals spray-painted graffiti onto the front doors of the police station. The graffiti read, “KILLERS”, according to police and local merchants.
The officer involved shooting that enraged protesters was reported at 8:06 p.m. in the 200 block of 14th Street, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
Two plainclothes officers from the department’s Gang Task Force were working along with two probation officers in separate vehicles in the area when they saw two people they thought they recognized as gang members.
One of the officers attempted to talk to one of the two people who ran from police with the officer in pursuit.
While running, the suspect pulled a gun, later determined to be a TEC-9 pistol, and the officer ordered him to drop the weapon, Andraychak said.
Instead, the suspect turned toward the officer and began to raise the pistol. The officer feared for his life and shot at the suspect, Andraychak said.
Police said the suspect was hit twice and was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene, loaded with 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call San Francisco police at (415) 553-1145 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.
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