Posts Tagged ‘ar-15’

SFPD Strolling on Sleepy 6th Avenue Loaded for Bear: Strapped with a Handgun, a Shotgun, and an AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Patrolling the streets of the quiet Richmond District must be more dangerous than it appears. That’s basically an M-16 rifle*  he’s got on his back there.

Anyway, this is just another shift change at Richmond Station:

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*The SFPD turned down some surplus M-16′s when offered by our armed forces. I guess converting them to AR-15′s would have been a hassle or SFGov was disorganized or something…

Shots Fired in the Western Addition, and a Huge Response from the SFPD

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Just happened to be passing through the Western Addition last night, north of the North of Panhandle / NOPA area, when it was fairly obvious the SFPD was bringing it to the intersection of Eddy and Divisadero, like 20 vehicles and cops walking around with AR-15′s, the works.

Welcome machine* gun – as seen on a sidewalk of Divisadero Street last night. Click to expand:

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Word on the street is that somebody fired a weapon (a shotgun? a “12-gauge shotgun”?) at somebody and then ran through the unlit parking lot of the New Liberation Presbyterian Church. Here’s the Google Maps (now with real-time bus arrival information, apparently) map:

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And here’s the manhunt, in progress, complete with a Fillmore Center-style skyscraper residential building (is that an old failure of the bad old Redevelopment Agency or a new failure of the “new and improved” Redevelopment Agency? I can’t tell the difference, really) in the background.

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(I gotta say, there appeared to be excellent trigger control and muzzle discipline from all the officers brandishing long guns - and that’s a Good Thing.)

So the manhunt continued through the parking lot for a while until everyone was satisfied that nobody was lurking about. The cops then widened the search. (A church-goer was going on about how the SFPD was “claiming” that shot(s) were fired in the area, and I was thinking, well, do you suppose the cops just all of a sudden decided to take their damn machine guns out for a midnight stroll? Oh well.)

Is this kind of police call a common occurrence? I don’t know. Since nobody got injured, apparently, it’s not something likely to make the papers or SFist.com but at the time it seemed like a war was going on.

The block of Eddy shown above was the very one where District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was planting shrubbery on Saturday (and actually the photo above shows some of the new plants).

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You can’t say that the government is ignoring this particular block of San Francisco, that’s for sure.

Speaking of which, here’s Eddy and Divisadero pre-Redevelopment-era, from 1947:

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No bike lanes of course, but no ugly medians either.

And a streetcar, don’t forget the streetcar.

For all I know, this is just another day in the Western A, but it seemed like a big deal at the time. If there were reports of shots being fired on my block, I wouldn’t mind a massive response from the SFPD. Just saying.

[UPDATE: EveryBlock has the story, or at least a few details...]

Shots fired
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call

1200 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Unknown

Pierce St. and Ellis St. Shots fired
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call

1100 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Assignment handled

*Not really a machine gun, but a kissing cousin of an M-16 assault rifle.