Update: Cell Theft Leads to Officer Involved Shooting in San Francisco

By: Brian Shields - Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:33:22 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- San Francisco police believe they may have two members of an alleged cell-phone theft ring in custody after an officer-involved shooting in Noe Valley.

Police Chief Greg Suhr tells reporters including KRON 4's Jackie Sissel two men with a gun stole a victim's phone at about 6:00 a.m. Monday.  The victims called police who then tracked the ping from the stolen cell phone to the area near St. Paul's Church and School at Church and Valley.

Suhr says an officer spotted two people matching the suspects of the armed robbers and gave chase.  She reportedly fired a shot at a suspect who refused to show his hands.  That shot missed, Suhr says.  That suspect was taken into custody but another got away with the phone.

"The cell phone pinged again back over in the Inner Sunset district on 8th Avenue," Chief Suhr says.  "Officers detained one suspect in a car and found another in the trunk including the stolen cell phone. Further follow-up investigation has netted an additional two suspects at a subsequent address that is connected to the car."

Police found the phone, as well as two replica handguns, property from a robbery that occurred in the city earlier today, as well as multiple other cellphones, police spokesman Carlos Manfredi said.
Manfredi said the two suspects in the car, whose names have not been released, will be arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property.
The incident near St. Paul's Catholic Church briefly caused a lockdown of the church as well as St. Paul's Elementary School, but the church and campus were cleared by 9 a.m.

The female officer who fired the shot reportedly suffered a twisted ankle.  She received medical treatment but is expected to be okay.

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