The chase began around noon when officers spotted a stolen Saab and tried to pull it over, Officer Albie Esparza said.
The driver refused to yield and led officers on a brief pursuit, but police called off the chase because it was getting too dangerous, Esparza said.
A short time later, police learned of a collision that had occurred near 19th and Third streets in The City’s Dogpatch neighborhood, where the driver of the Saab had tried to squeeze past two cars and gotten jammed, according to Esparza.
When police arrived, one officer drove toward the Saab trying to block the driver in. At that point the suspect allegedly attempted to ram the officer’s car, Esparza said.
Esparza said the officer felt threatened and fired multiple rounds at the suspect. It is not clear whether the suspect was hit by the gunfire, but he was able to accelerate away, police said.
One person in another car suffered minor injuries in the Dogpatch collision and was treated at the scene, Esparza said. No officers were hurt, he said.
Police soon found the Saab abandoned near 25th and Dakota streets and determined that the suspect had fled on foot, Esparza said.
Officers set up a perimeter around a public-housing complex and conducted a unit-by-unit search, police said.
The suspect was not found and the last police units left the housing area at 4:02 p.m., police said.
Police said they are not releasing a description of the suspect.