SFPD officers shot at suspect 65 times after he fired twice


More details of a shooting earlier this month involving a murder suspect and San Francisco police were released Tuesday night by police at a town hall meeting.

At the meeting, police also released the names of seven officers who fired on 31-year-old Joel Armstrong, the suspect in an alleged murder that occurred on Feb. 16.

Police said officers fired about 65 shots at Armstrong, who allegedly fired two as he was inside a vehicle during a standoff. Neither Armstrong nor police were injured in the shooting.

Police Cmdr. Greg McEachern said that each shooting is unique and as part of the investigation the officers’ tactics will be examined and possibly changed.

The officers who shot at Armstrong were identified as Glennon Griffin, Anthony Sharron, Robby Wilkom, Matthew Nazar, Gregory Buhagiar, Steven Oesterich and Christopher Cotter.

Armstrong allegedly shot and killed one man and injured another Feb. 16 near Oak and Stanyan streets before police responded to the scene at 6:28 p.m.

The injured man was in life-threatening condition after the shooting.

The identity of the man who died, described by police as a 28-year-old San Francisco man, has not been confirmed.

After the shooting, Armstrong allegedly used a gun to carjack a vehicle on Fell Street and then fled.

At about 12:10 a.m. the next day officers located the carjacked vehicle near Alameda and De Haro streets, police said.

The vehicle was unoccupied but police allege they saw Armstrong inside a recreational vehicle parked in front of the carjacked vehicle.

McEachern said officers then ordered everyone out of the RV.

Three people and a dog came out but police allege that Armstrong did not, despite multiple commands.

Armstrong allegedly fired two bullets as he was inside the RV and officers returned fire.

Officers backed up and continued to order Armstrong to come out and at about 2:15 a.m. he finally did.

McEachern said officers found a 9 mm gun inside the RV. The seven officers who fired on Armstrong were wearing cameras on their uniforms.

Police said five turned the cameras on before they fired on Armstrong and two turned them on after they opened fire.

All seven videos have been released to the public.

Officer 1: https://vimeo.com/257802564

Officer 2: https://vimeo.com/257802760

Officer 3: https://vimeo.com/257802930

Officer 4: https://vimeo.com/257803153

Officer 5: https://vimeo.com/257803314

Officer 6: https://vimeo.com/257803763

Officer 7: https://vimeo.com/257803517

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