In a press conference this morning at San Francisco General Hospital, where both the suspect and the injured officer are now hospitalized, acting SFPD chief Toney Chaplin said that the officer had not been merely grazed in the head, as initially reported.
A San Francisco police officer was critically injured, but was expected to survive, after being shot in the head Friday night, officials said. "Each day, the members of the San Francisco Police Department face uncertainty and danger with the objective of protecting our city and its residents", Lee said. The officer had surgery to remove fragments from his brain, Chaplin said.
She said officers shot at the suspect as he fled. Chaplin said a security guard pointed the officers toward the man, and they approached him on Everglade Drive.
Responding officers who had surrounded Stern Grove Park saw the man come out of bushes at 28th Avenue and Vicente Street and try to run.
The officer who was shot was assigned to Taraval Station, and has been with the department for two years. He went down but wouldn't drop the gun and refused to surrender.
Tactical officers utilized flash-bang devices to distract the man, and were able to arrest him.
According to a tweet from San Francisco police, the officer who was shot was "very very lucky".
Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, said he was with the injured officer at the hospital Friday night.
"My thoughts remain with the officer and his family", Lee said in the statement.