UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: Chief Scott announced that the suspect has been apprehended and taken into custody.
A San Francisco Police officer was taken to the hospital Wednesday, after being hit on his bike by a driver at Turk and Van Ness streets shortly after 12:15 p.m. At 3 p.m. SFPD Chief William Scott spoke to the media outside Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, stating that the officer “sustained significant injuries, and is currently in surgery.”
The driver, described by one of my neighbors as a “chubby guy in a purple shirt” fled the scene in a Lexus SUV, which he then abandoned along the Panhandle at Fell and Central streets. Police believe he is in possession of a firearm.
While SFPD was responding to the scene of the incident in Hayes Valley, another vehicle collision occurred nearby:
SFPD involved accident while responding to incident @ Turk and Van Ness. Intersection of Geary and Webster. pic.twitter.com/KiUmAUMhMB
— Eric Chu (@EricSFChu) October 18, 2017
Buena Vista and much of Central Haight has been shut down by police while they conduct a search for the subject.
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) October 18, 2017
Based off of police chatter on the scanner (which, it’s important to note, is not always factual), they were investigating the two halfway houses that sit near Buena Vista, but were told no unfamiliar tenants matching the description entered. They were not permitted to search the premises.
Several schools in the area have been alerted to the incident. The Urban School on Page has asked students not to walk south beyond Haight Street or east beyond Masonic Street until the shelter in place at Buena Vista Park is lifted.
No word yet as to whether a lockdown is in place at Grattan Elementary in Cole Valley, or the Early Childhood Center of the French American International School on Page Street.
This is an ongoing incident. We will update as more information becomes available.