Jeffrey Ruano pleads guilty in case involving SF officer who was struck by gunfire 

Jeffrey Ruano pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of preventing an officer from doing his duty in connection with the March 8 incident where an officer was shot in the shoulder. Police were responding to a report of vandalism when they reportedly encountered Ruano. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Jeffrey Ruano pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of preventing an officer from doing his duty in connection with the March 8 incident where an officer was shot in the shoulder. Police were responding to a report of vandalism when they reportedly encountered Ruano.
A 50-year-old San Francisco man who was arrested in March following an officer-involved shooting that injured a cop pleaded guilty to one felony charge this week.

Jeffrey Ruano originally pleaded not guilty in March to charges of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly backing up his car toward two police officers and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

On Wednesday, Ruano pleaded guilty to a felony charge of preventing an officer from doing his duty.

The new plea and lesser charge were the result of a negotiated settlement, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Ruano faces four years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 14.

The events that led up to Ruano’s arrest started March 8 when Officer Adam Shaw and his partner, who has not been identified by police, 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.

Ruano then lead law enforcement on a three-county chase than ended in Santa Clara County. He might still face charges related to the chase.

At the time of the incident, Ruano was on probation out of Mendocino County.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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