Teenage boy killed in South City officer-involved shooting 

  • mike koozmin/The s.f. examiner

A teenager was fatally shot after allegedly pulling a gun on a South San Francisco police officer Tuesday night.

Derrick Gaines, 15, was shot around 9 p.m. at the Arco gas station at 2300 Westborough Blvd., police said.

Gaines and another juvenile were "engaging in suspicious behavior" near the gas pumps when an officer approached, police Capt. Mike Brosnan said. While the other juvenile cooperated with the officer, Brosnan said, Gaines made a run for it and at one point pulled a gun from his waistband. Police have not said whether the gun was loaded or pointed at the cop.

The officer shot a single bullet. Gaines died after being transported to San Francisco General Hospital.

The shooting remains under investigation. Investigators said the incident was not captured on the surveillance cameras at the Arco station.

A makeshift memorial was set up at the site of the shooting Wednesday for the teen, with hand-written letters, teddy bears and signs that read "Rest easy BByboi gone but never forgotten." Another said "Stop police violence."

 Oliver Chin, owner of the ARCO, said a customer heard the officer yelling before opening fire.

Lorne Burnham, 16, a childhood friend of the deceased, said he wasn't surprised Gaines had a gun.

"It was possible for him to have a gun for protection," he said.

Burnham said he thought the teenager was growing up too fast.

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