Two weapons, including an assault rifle, were found in the crashed car of a wanted parolee after a shootout between the suspect and San Francisco police officers Wednesday morning.
Police were in the Western Addition neighborhood looking for Roselyndo Nagayo Sicat, a 38-year-old Asian man who had a $75,000 warrant out for his arrest for felony vandalism and resisting arrest. Police Chief Greg Suhr said Sicat was wanted for allegedly firing an assault rifle in the area earlier in the week.
Click on the photo to the right to see more pictures from the scene of the shooting.
Two plainclothes officers in an unmarked patrol car spotted Sicat as he was pulling out of a garage in a building at Ellis and Gough streets near Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Suhr said.
When the officers identified themselves to Sicat he allegedly reached into his waistband, pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot at the officers, Suhr said. The officers returned fire and the suspect was struck multiple times, police said.
“If my officers are fired upon, they’re going to shoot back,” Suhr said.
Sicat tried to flee in an older model, gray Honda Accord, but crashed the vehicle into a parked car, police said. He was detained by police and taken to San Francisco General Hospital for his injuries.
An assault rifle and a handgun were found on the passenger floorboard of the car, according to police.
Gough Street, a major traffic artery, was shut down for hours while police investigated the shooting.
The shooting stunned neighbors, who said they heard two shots then a rapid succession of five to 10 shots.
Peter Gorman, who lives on Ellis near Gough, said he heard the shootout from his apartment. He later went outside with his dog to see what had happened and found the street filled with cops.
A resident living in an apartment complex on Eddy Street said he also heard the shots. He said he opened his blinds and saw all the police activity.
“We hear a fair amount of shots in this neighborhood,” the resident said.
Hearing the shots during daylight hours was “shocking,” he said.
The incident is under investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs and Homicide divisions, the District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Citizen Complaints, police said.
Bay City News contributed to this report.