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Officer Dragged A Distance During Traffic Stop

Officer Dragged A Distance During Traffic Stop

San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

November 13, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police are searching for two male suspects in the Hayes Valley neighborhood after the duo fled during a traffic stop Friday afternoon, prompting an officer to fire his gun at the fleeing SUV.

Two San Francisco police officers pulled over a “tanish gold”-colored Chevy Blazer near Webster and Fell Streets at 2:18 p.m. on suspicion of carrying narcotics, said police spokesperson officer Albie Esparza.

As an officer approached the driver’s side of the SUV, the driver “made a sudden movement toward the center console,” Esparza said. The officer saw what he thought was a bag of narcotics and reached into the car to control the driver’s arms, police said.

The driver then shifted his car into drive and accelerated away with the officer still leaning inside the car, dragging the officer for a few feet, police said.

A second officer fired one shot, which hit the fleeing vehicle.

The officer grappling with the driver was able to break free from the driver’s side, Esparza said, and suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized.

Police do not know if the occupants in the SUV were hit by the bullet, Esparza said.

Twenty minutes later, the SUV was found abandoned on the 300 block of Webster Street, Esparza said.

“We now have two investigations going on,” Esparza said. “An assault on an officer and an officer-involved shooting.”


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 3 years ago

    1990 Comments

    bad idea to reach into the vehicle, but I'm glad to hear that he wasn't hurt too badly.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50

    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Glad that the officer was not injured badly, best wishes for a full recovery.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    PRAYERS FOR A FULL AND SPEEDY RECOVERY TO OFFICER

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    JessLnC89

    over 3 years ago

    390 Comments

    Quick recovery to the Officer. Hope they catch these 2 fast.

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    DarkBlue

    over 3 years ago

    4880 Comments

    Glad the LEO is OK.....................but.......NEVER reach into a Motor Vehicle.......NEVER.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Speedy recovery.

  • Native_clip_art_4_049_max50

    Sheriff_1

    over 3 years ago

    8026 Comments

    Quick recovery

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    In my opinion, it is never good to reach into a vehicle, while the driver is still in control. I am glad that the Officer was not seriously injured by this incident.

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    KAICHARESE

    over 3 years ago

    2762 Comments

    praying the officer heals quickly!

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    A speedy recovery to the officer, and findthese 2 POS and lock them up for a long time.

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5892 Comments

    Thoughts, prayers & a speedy recovery to the injured officer. Catch these 2 criminals soon.. Stay Safe out there Always

  • Marine_max50

    Devil_Dawg

    over 3 years ago

    58 Comments

    I hope the Officer makes a speedy recovery and they catch the people responsible. I have to agree with all the previous posts, not a good idea to reach into a vehicle. Too many bad things can happen.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    get well soon and catch those two criminals

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    s3sk

    over 3 years ago

    3308 Comments

    Speedy recovery to the officer. catch those guys.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I hope The Officer recover soon.It's cruel out here and no one cares who they hurt.God Bless You Officer..

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