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Tuesday will mark 18 years since the death of a San Francisco police officer who was shot by a carjacking suspect, and current and former members of the Police Department are planning a gathering to mark the sad anniversary. Officer James Guelff was fatally shot by Victor Boutwell on Nov. 13, 1994, after responding to a report of a man with a gun in the area of Franklin and Pine streets. Guelff was the first officer to arrive at the scene, and was confronted by Boutwell, who was wearing a ballistic helmet, flak jacket and had hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Boutwell opened fire on the officer, who fired back but was shot to death. San Francisco’s SWAT team later shot and killed Boutwell. Guelff, a 10-year veteran of the Police Department, is survived by two children and will be honored at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the site of the shooting. Members of the public are invited to attend the event.
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