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South San Francisco police officer shoots, kills teenager

June 6, 2012 | 10:18 am

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

A South San Francisco police officer shot and killed a teenager armed with a gun, department officials confirmed Wednesday.

The officer was on routine neighborhood patrol just before 9 p.m. Tuesday when he spotted "suspicious subjects in a gas station parking lot" in the 2300 block of Westborough Boulevard, said Sgt. Bruce McPhillips of the South San Francisco Police Department.

"There was a very, very short foot pursuit and one of the subjects produced a handgun," McPhillips said. "The officer drew his weapon, fired one shot and the subject was struck."

The officer, who has worked in the department for five years, began CPR on the teenager until paramedics arrived, McPhillips said. The teen was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and later died.

News outlets reported the victim was a 14-year-old boy. McPhillips could confirm only that the victim was a teenager.

According to a police news release, the officer stopped a pedestrian near the 2300 block of Westborough Boulevard just before 11 p.m.

Per standard procedure, the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation into the incident, McPhillips said. The San Mateo County district attorney's office is heading the investigation.

McPhillips said more information would be available later Wednesday.

[For the Record, 11:38 a.m.: An earlier version of this post stated the shooting occurred just before 11 p.m.; it occurred before 9 p.m.]


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