A witness in the officer-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon in Oceanview claims that the current suspect in the case—who remains in serious condition and is facing charges of attempted murder and vehicle theft—did not lead law enforcement officers on a chase nor threaten the officers involved, the Examiner reports.
The shooting, which involved three law enforcement officers from the San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force, occurred around 3:30pm Oct. 25th.
Soon after, the SFPD reported that the officers followed a Honda that was stolen from San Mateo, and a chase ended at Montana and Faxon, where the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Ansar Mohammad, was shot by one of the officers.
Now, the Examiner reports that the suspect's friend and witness to the shooting, Gregory Elarms, claims that Mohammad did not lead officers on a chase.
Instead, the witness told the Examiner that Mohammad came to his house about an hour before the shooting, via his own Dodge Mercury. A while later, Mohammad left the house, got into a parked Honda and started the engine. That's when, the witness said, plainclothes officers in a Dodge Charger and two white vans surrounded the Honda, guns drawn.
Officers immediately ambushed Mohammad, he added, and opened fire.
We've reached out to the California Highway Patrol for comment on these allegations and will update this story as soon as we hear back.
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