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Police Shoot, Kill Man At Eighth & Market [Updated]

Scores of squad cars raced to the intersection of Eighth and Market, where shots were fired just after noon today.

Update, 1:35pm 10/16: The medical examiner’s office has identified the deceased as Herbert Benitez, 27, of San Francisco. According to a statement released today, his death is being considered a homicide, resulting from a gunshot wound to the torso. The medical examiner's full report is still in progress. 

The SFPD also announced yesterday evening that it plans to host a town hall meeting to discuss the shooting Monday in the Tenderloin. The exact time and location have not been released.

Update, 2:10pm: Chief Suhr has made a statement at the scene. According to Suhr, a construction worker at Trinity Towers waved a squad car down because a man, described only as in his 20s, was smashing bottles in the area.

Suhr said after the officers got out and approached the man, there was a violent struggle between the suspect and one of the officers, with the suspect at one point on top of the officer. That officer shouted that the suspect was grabbing his weapon, and shouted to the other officer to shoot the suspect. The second officer fired at the suspect, killing him. Two casings were found on the ground, and it's believed that two shots were fired.

KTVU reports that an officer-involved shooting may have occurred, and Officer Albie Esparza told us that an officer shot a suspect on the scene, though there's no word yet on injuries. 

Market Street between Seventh and Eighth (now Ninth) has been closed to through traffic, as has Eighth Street between Market and Mission, and Hyde Street between Fulton and Grove. 

SFPD's Office Grace Gatpandan recommends that people avoid the area.  SFMTA reports that Muni Metro is skipping Civic Center station.


Officer-involved shooting occurred at 8th and Market, San Francisco. View from the employee area of the library.

A photo posted by Matthew T. Davis (@thelivingsunset) on


We'll continue updating the story as we learn more.

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