Crooks picked the wrong gal to rob in The City early Thursday morning — an armed agent with the Internal Revenue Service, police said.
One of several suspected thieves was shot around midnight after mistaking an IRS agent who was packing heat for a regular Jane in the 100 block of Marlin Court in the Bayview district, police said.
The agent, who was on-duty at the time of the shooting, is with the IRS Criminal Investigations division, IRS spokeswoman Arlette Lee said.
One unlucky robber was shot in the torso, police said, while at least one other got away. Cops have detained one other person for questioning and are searching for more crooks, police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.
It was not immediately clear if the suspects were armed, police said. The robbers reportedly demanded money and got lead instead, police said.
The wounded suspect was arrested and brought to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Lee wouldn’t say what the agent was investigating at the time of the shooting. The federal agent would likely have been armed whether she was on or off duty, Lee said.
Lee also wouldn’t specify whether the agent was placed on paid leave pending an investigation, saying only that she would have some down time due to the shock of this incident.
“Because of what’s happened, the agent is not out on duty,” Lee said.
The incident comes just days after the Police Department announced a crackdown on a rash of street robberies in The City. One SFPD plan was to have more plainclothes cops walking the streets late at night, dressed dapperly and pretending as if they had just left the clubs and bars for home, in order to lure robbers into messing with the wrong guy.