Woman shot, killed by SF police officers 

Police investigate the vehicle a woman was shot and killed in during an officer-involved shooting. - GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Gabrielle Lurie/Special to The S.F. Examiner
  • Police investigate the vehicle a woman was shot and killed in during an officer-involved shooting.

A woman was fatally shot by San Francisco police Tuesday after she allegedly drove at officers who were investigating a report of a stolen vehicle, police said.

At 7:07 p.m., according to Deputy Police Chief Hector Sainez, plainclothes officers approached the woman at a Chevron gas station at Van Ness Avenue and Pine Street, identifying themselves as police, and displayed their badges. The woman, who was in the dark-colored Volkswagen, then made a U-turn, struck the gas station building, and drove out off the property, going westbound on Pine Street.

While on Pine Street, Sainez said the driver then made another U-turn and came back toward the officers, who had been pursuing the suspect on foot. The woman drove onto the sidewalk and then back onto the street, toward officers, occupied vehicles and a motorcycle, before once again going back onto the sidewalk.

Sainez said officers then fired their weapons at the suspect and the car came to a rest across the street from the gas station. Officers rendered medical aid to the woman, but she died on the scene from her injuries.

It is unclear how many officers were involved in the incident, although it appears at least two officers fired at the suspect, Sainez said.

No civilians were injured, Sainez said.

Leo Tikhomirov, 42, was with a friend on Van Ness Avenue when he heard the screech of tires followed by shots, at first two then possibly five more.

"We saw around 30 people running on the street," Tikhomirov said.

The origin of the stolen vehicle report was not known and the case remains under investigation.

Per Police Department protocol, the officers who fired their weapon will be placed on administrative leave.

The shooting will be investigated by the District Attorney's Office and the department.

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