Union: Cops Didn't Have Rifles Or Enough Cars For Major Gunfight
San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Police Department didn’t have enough patrol vehicles or rifles when they responded to a shooting which ended with six people being shot.
The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association said the patrol unit ran out of vehicles to respond to the incident and the deputies who did make it to the scene did not have patrol rifles.
“Inadequate equipment and an aging and insufficient patrol fleet put the public and law enforcement officers at risk,” said San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association President Kenneth Lomba.
The March 21 incident happened in a San Francisco barber ship.
Police were called in after reports of a man with a gun.
Lomba said the police can’t protect the public if they don’t have enough cars to respond to incidents such as a mass shooting.
The San Francisco Deputy Sheriff’s Association called on the Sheriff’s Office and government officials to address the lack of patrol vehicles and rifles.
The suspect, Jehad Eid, 21, was one of the six people shot. Eid died later that evening.
Witnesses told the San Francisco Chronicle that a police officer tried to get Eid’s attention by calling him “White Sox hat,” which was the type of baseball cap Eid was wearing. That prompted Eid to pull out his gun and start shooting, the witness said.