Woman killed by SFPD gunfire identified
A 24-year-old San Francisco woman who was fatally shot by plainclothes police officers on Tuesday night after she allegedly went on a driving rampage has been identified by the medical examiner’s office.
Alice Brown was killed near the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Pine Street while allegedly trying to escape pursuing officers.
According to police, two plainclothes officers responded at 7:07 p.m. to the intersection to investigate a possible stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect vehicle, a blue four-door sedan, at a nearby gas station. The officers approached the vehicle on foot and identified themselves to the driver, according to police.
Brown put the car in gear and drove toward the officers. She 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, police said.
Officers chased after the car but Brown then drove onto a sidewalk, then drove toward the officers for a second time and hit another building as well as several parked vehicles, police said. Brown 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.
Police said Brown drove back onto the sidewalk at which time the officers fired at least two shots at the car. The car ended up on the Pine Street sidewalk, about 50 feet west of Van Ness Avenue. The officers rendered aid to the driver, but she died at the scene, officers said.
Police said the officers fired at the woman because she was endangering the lives of the officers and nearby pedestrians. The incident remains under investigation by the SFPD Homicide Detail, the SFPD Internal Affairs Division, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Citizens Complaints.