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Early Morning Car Chase Ends in Suspect's Death in Financial District

Scott Lucas | September 25, 2014 | Story

An armed carjacking suspect was killed by members of the San Francisco Police Department this morning in a dramatic chase and shootout that ended in the Financial District.

The Chronicle is reporting that the events began just before 5 AM, when the suspect allegedly carjacked a white 2003 Escalade across the Bay in Richmond. After police there began pursuit, the suspect drove across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and then south on the Golden Gate Bridge, pursued by the California Highway Patrol. SFist is reporting that a child may have been in the car during the hijacking, although further details are not known.

By 5:30 AM, the suspect, described only as a Hispanic man, had entered San Francisco, where he led local police on a chase through the Marina district and eventually south on Van Ness and east on Bush Street, where police lost sight of him. The suspect then crashed at intersection of California and Battery. KPIX 5 has video from one of the witnesses here.

When passers-by went to assist the driver to help, the suspect opened fire opened fire on them. No one was killed, although one person has been taken hospitalized for injuries, reportedly injured by bullet fragments. San Francisco police soon arrived and may have attempted to use less-than-lethal means to subdue him, before shooting and killing the suspect shortly before 6 AM.

According to NBC Bay Area, San Francisco police will be investigating the circumstances of the officer-related shooting, as is policy. Traffic has been snarled for much of the morning downtown.

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