UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: The officer underwent surgery and is listed as critical but stable by SFPD. The suspect is in life-threatening condition.
After an exchange of gunfire in the Castro, a San Francisco police officer and suspect were sent to the hospital early morning Wednesday.
The male officer, a nine-year veteran, patrolled the neighborhood for Halloween when a citizen informed him of a suspicious vehicle around 18th and Diamond streets just after midnight, police spokesperson Michael Andraychak says. The car, a gray Chrysler sedan, had been reported stolen. When officers approached the car shortly after midnight, the male suspect and at least one officer shot at each other.
Both the 41-year-old officer and suspect were taken to a hospital for gunshot wounds, entering surgery around 5 a.m.
After the incident, a gun that may have belonged to the suspect was found at the scene.
In addition, a taxicab that was carjacked shortly after the shooting is being investigated as a potential link to the incident.
As police investigate, Market to 19th streets and Castro to Eureka streets are closed. Police say, as part of their commitment towards transparency and accountability, they expect a town hall open to the community to be held within 10 days — as is customary for an officer-involved shooting.