SF police kill fleeing female driver


San Francisco police are investigating a Tuesday officer-involved shooting that left a woman dead after she allegedly went on a driving rampage while trying to escape pursuing officers.

Two plainclothes officers responded at 7:07 p.m. to the area of Van Ness Avenue and Pine Street to investigate a possible stolen vehicle and located the suspect vehicle, a blue four-door sedan, at a gas station.

UPDATE 3/18 Woman killed by SFPD gunfire identified.

The officers approached the vehicle and identified themselves to the driver, a woman in her late 20s to early 30s, and the woman put the vehicle in gear and drove toward the officers, police said.

The woman then tried to drive away from the gas station, hit the building and turned onto Pine Street, where she then turned around and started driving the wrong way down the street. She drove onto a sidewalk, toward the officers and hit another building and several parked vehicles, police said.

The woman again entered the roadway going the wrong way, hit more vehicles and forced a motorcyclist to abandon his motorcycle in the roadway to avoid being hit, police said. The woman drove back onto the sidewalk, and the officers fired at least two shots at the vehicle, police said.

The vehicle ended up on the sidewalk about 50 feet west of Van Ness Avenue. The woman was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her identity had not been released as of Tuesday night.

Police said the officers fired at the woman, because she was endangering the lives of the officers and nearby pedestrians.

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