Police announce arrest in Turner Terrace homicide; suspect discharged pending further investigation 

San Francisco police announced an arrest Friday in connection with the killing of 23-year-old San Francisco resident Derrick Whitfield. However, the District Attorney's Office has discharged the case pending further investigation.

Rodney Williams, 27, of San Francisco, was arrested Wednesday after the homicide Tuesday in the unit block of Turner Terrace at the Potrero Annex public housing project, police Officer Albie Esparza said in a statement.

Homicide investigators followed a lead which led them to Williams, Esparza said. He was booked into County Jail on a homicide charge and probation violation out of San Mateo County. His case was discharged Friday pending further investigation, according to the District Attorney's Office. His status as a suspect in the case, or whether he is still in custody is unclear as of Friday afternoon.

The homicide investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with further information on the incident is encouraged to call police at (415) 575-4444 or text at TIP411 with "SFPD" at the beginning of the message.

Whitfield was reportedly shot numerous times and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

A neighbor to the public housing project told The San Francisco Examiner that several shots were fired Tuesday night about 9 p.m. before three men were seen running from the complex. Police arrived shortly after for crowd control and to preserve the crime scene.

Whitfield's death shocked and saddened the staff at Mission High School on Wednesday. Whitfield, who graduated from Mission High in 2008, went back to the school often to check in and say hello to former teachers and football coaches.

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