San Francisco Chronicle
Ten San Francisco police officers fired 99 times at an armed robbery suspect, killing him in the trunk of a car in the city’s Mission District after he fired first on police, department officials said during a boisterous town hall meeting Monday.
More than 200 people packed into the gymnasium at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, many shouting at police in outrage over the killing of 19-year-old Jesus Delgado Duarte shortly after 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday.
The Police Department played five videos during the meeting before releasing nine more videos online, showing the lead up to the fatal encounter, the shooting and its aftermath.
Delgado Duarte was hit 25 times in the flurry of gunfire and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“You guys took him from my mom,” Delgado Duarte’s brother said to a panel of the department’s command staff, including Chief Bill Scott. “You don’t know how bad she’s suffered. So please don’t tell me that you’re sorry. One of the reasons you’re not sorry is because you’re able to finish your day and go home and look at your kids in the eyes and tell them you love them. My mom doesn’t have that anymore.”
Three people in the overflow crowd held signs reading “Jail Killer Cops” and “Justice 4 Jesus” as members of the audience shouted at the police officers in the room. At one point the crowed erupted, chanting “asesinos,” Spanish for killers.
Scott started the evening by giving condolences to Delgado Duarte’s family. “We fully understand that any loss of life is tragic and that many people are deeply impacted by Mr. Delgado’s death,” he said.
Police then showed security video of the lead-up to the shooting. A black Honda Civic is seen pulling over along Capp Street near 21st Street and a man, identified by police as Delgado Duarte, exits the car and walks northbound on the sidewalk.
While the man walks away from the car, the driver gets out, opens the trunk and waits.
Moments later, Delgado Duarte robbed two people on the street at gunpoint and ran back to the car and jumped into the trunk, police said.
The victims, though, quickly flagged down two uniformed officers, police said, and a marked patrol vehicle is seen in the video pulling the car over. Several more officers speed to the scene and surround the vehicle with their guns drawn.
Footage from several of the body-worn cameras shows the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Victor Navarro-Flores, surrender to police. Delgado Duarte is seen tucked in the partially-open trunk while officers order him to show his hands in English until a Spanish-speaking officer arrives minutes later to give the command in Spanish.
Police then fired a less-lethal bean bag round at Delgado Duarte to little effect. Moments later, Delgado Duarte fires a single shot, police said, and the officers return fire.
Police recovered a 9mm pistol in the trunk and said evidence shows Delgado Duarte fired one round from the weapon.
After the gunfire stopped, 18-year-old Cristina Juarez and a dog were found unharmed inside the Honda. Navarro-Flores pleaded not guilty to second degree robbery charges in the case and was placed on supervised release. Juarez was arrested at the scene but released after the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against her.
The shooting immediately drew intense outcry from members of the Mission District community, where Delgado Duarte grew up and worked after being brought to the United States from Mexico as an infant. Protesters last week marched from the scene of the shooting, marked by a memorial of flowers and candles, to Mission Station.
“If this community has allowed this force to work in this community, you also must be accountable,” Nancy Pili said to police Monday night.
Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky
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