UPDATE Click Here Kenneth Harding’s Gun Recovered
San Francisco police today announced that investigators have recovered a gun they believe was used by a man killed Saturday in an officer-involved shooting near a Bayview train platform. The man had been detained by patrol officers conducting a fare inspection on a Municipal Transportation Agency light rail stop at Third Street and Palou Avenue at about 4:45 p.m., police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. The officers were stationed in the area as part of an increased police presence to respond to recent shootings in the neighborhood, Andraychak said. The 19-year-old man ran from the officers and allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot at them as they chased him on foot, police said.
At least one of the officers returned fire and wounded the suspect. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:01 p.m., police said. No officers or witnesses were injured in the shooting. Amateur video footage of the exchange showed that a passerby picked up the suspect’s handgun in the aftermath of the shootout and took it from the area before investigators were able to establish a crime scene, police said. With the help of witnesses, police were able to identify the individual who took the gun and retrieved it this afternoon, Andraychak said. Police have not released the name of the man who was killed, citing an ongoing investigation.
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