No Criminal Charges For Jessica Williams Shooting

The 2016 shooting marks the third declared as legally justified this month.

SFPD Chief Greg Suhr attends a weekly police commission meeting at San Francisco City Hall Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

For the third time this month, San Francisco police officers involved in a fatal shooting will not face criminal charges, the District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Sergeant Justin Erb fatally shot Jessica Williams on May 19, 2016 after she allegedly drove toward him in a stolen car. The 29-year-old’s death led then-Police Chief Greg Suhr to immediately resign amid growing protests over police shootings.

Officers knocked on the window of a Honda Accord listed as stolen before Williams allegedly drove away, Bay City News reports. She quickly crashed into a parked utility truck and tried to reverse the car toward Officer Eric Eastlund and then go forward toward Erb, who fatally hit her with one shot.

Just one civilian witnessed the event, and all three largely agreed on what happened in their statements.

“All of the available evidence suggests Sergeant Erb faced a volatile and unpredictable situation looking uphill at an approaching car when he fired his gun at Williams,” District Attorney George Gascón’s office says in a statement. 

Earlier this month, the District Attorney’s office announced that two other officer-involved shootings were legally justified. Officers who fatally shot Giovany Contreras-Sandoval in 2014 and Nicholas McWherter in 2016 were not criminally charged.

 

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