Jeffrey Ruano, 50, of San Francisco was arrested last week and charged by the District Attorney’s Office with felony assault with a deadly weapon — his car — and possession of ammunition by a felon.
The events that led up to Ruano’s arrest started March 8 when Officer Adam Shaw and his partner were responding to a vandalism call in the Mission district.
The officers approached a suspicious vehicle that Ruano was allegedly driving, which backed up toward the officers, prompting Shaw’s partner to open fire.
Shaw was struck in the shoulder and it remains unknown whether he was shot by his partner or Ruano.
Witnesses told police at the time that they heard gunshots come from the suspect vehicle.
“The evidence I’ve seen so far indicates he didn’t have a gun, never fired a gun and I still believe the other officer … unfortunately shot … [Shaw],” said Public Defender Stephen Olmo, who is representing Ruano.
Through the discovery process, Olmo said he has obtained interviews with the officer who fired his weapon — his name has not been released — which indicate he was in no danger.
“He did not see Mr. Ruano with a gun or a gun discharge from Mr. Ruano’s car,” said Olmo, who added that the officer said in interviews that he was behind his patrol car during the incident.
Tuesday’s court hearing was Ruano’s third since his arrest. He remains in jail on $500,000 bail.
A case management hearing with the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Aaron Laycook, is set for Wednesday morning in Department 21.