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A suspect who was shot at by a San Francisco police officer after intentionally ramming a police vehicle with a stolen car in the city’s Hunters Point neighborhood Friday night has been identified as 44-year-old Larry Simonton, police said today. Simonton, a San Francisco resident, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault on a police officer, attempted robbery, theft of a vehicle and possession of stolen property following an incident that began shortly after 9 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Revere Avenue, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said.
A resident reported that he had just parked his car and was walking to his front door when a man approached and demanded his belongings, according to police. The victim ran into his home and locked the door, then watched the suspect break into his car and drive away using a key that was in the glove box, police said. Plainclothes officers in an unmarked police vehicle spotted the stolen car in the 100 block of Jerrold Avenue, where the suspect accelerated and struck the officers’ vehicle head-on, according to police.
The suspect then backed up and as he was about to ram the police car again, one of the officers fired his service weapon at him. Simonton was not struck by the gunfire and tried to flee in the stolen car, but struck several parked cars before being taken into custody by other officers responding to the scene, police said. Simonton was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered in the collisions. He is expected to survive, according to police.
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