San Francisco, California— San Francisco police officer Sean Haggerty was shot and killed by a suspect who was armed with a firearm on Monday evening, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.
The suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and is in police custody, Suhr told reporters at a press conference.
“We are investigating and we’re looking into the circumstances surrounding this shooting.
We didn’t commit any criminal acts,” Suhr added.
The gunman was shot twice in the torso and is expected to survive, Suh said.
Haggertty, 29, had served in the police department for just under a year.
He was a member of the Police Protective Division and a member on the Special Victims Unit.
“He was a very kind and compassionate officer.
He had an enormous amount of respect for people and everyone he worked with,” Suh told reporters.
The police department is “heartbroken” by the shooting, Suhart said.
“His death is a tragedy and we are deeply saddened by it.
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is looking into this matter,” he said.
SFPD Chief Suhr: SF officer shot in SF is “an exceptional person” https://t.co/h5mf0jL6YW pic.twitter.com/m0bNXQzH8e — CBS SF (@CBSSF) March 13, 2021 The San Diego Police Department, which has been plagued by gun violence in recent years, also released a statement calling for calm and said it was investigating the shooting.
“The SFPD is saddened to learn that one of our officers was shot in the line of duty.
We are deeply disturbed by this tragic incident and will work closely with the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, and the SFPD Police Bureau to ensure that all appropriate authorities are in place to ensure the safety of all our community members,” the statement read.
The statement did not provide any further details on the suspect or the shooting or any motive.
In 2016, a gunman opened fire inside the San Jose Police Department and killed three officers, and in 2014, a shooting inside a police station in Los Angeles killed five officers.
San Jose police released a short video in August showing the suspect, who they identified as 31-year-old Aaron Hernandez, entering the police station and firing multiple rounds at officers.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
In the statement released Tuesday, Suher said that “there are a number of individuals who may have a motive.”
“Our primary focus is on the safety and well-being of our employees and our community,” he added.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s family and friends as we mourn this loss.”
Haggerts death is being investigated as a homicide, but Suhr declined to provide further details, saying that “we are still gathering information.”
Haggs death comes less than two weeks after a San Francisco officer was shot while on duty.
Officer Joseph Hall was shot several times in the abdomen while responding to a report of a person with a gun at a home on the 1700 block of West Washington Street, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.
Officers were able to find a man who had allegedly fired at the officers with a handgun, police said at the time.
The sheriff’s department later said that it had been unable to identify the man.
Haggts death comes just weeks after police in New Orleans shot and wounded an 18-year old black man named Keith Lamont Scott in what authorities said was a road rage incident.
Scott had been carrying a BB gun when he was shot, according a report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Scott’s family sued the police, saying they were justified in their use of force against him.
Police have said that Scott was carrying a pellet gun when they shot him.
In January, an officer shot and seriously wounded a 19-year to 27-year Old man after he was pulled over for speeding.
The man’s father, a black man, said the officer, whose name was not released, shot the man after the man allegedly pulled out a gun and started shooting.