San Francisco police arrest suspect after officers witness fatal shooting in the Tenderloin

San Francisco police have arrested a suspect charged with shooting and killing a man in the Tenderloin on Saturday morning, apparently in sight of multiple officers.

After witnessing the shots fired at 10.21 a.m. at the 100 block of Leavenworth Street, Tenderloin Station patrol officers said they tried to help the victim, a man whose name has not been released. He died of his injuries at a nearby hospital.

“Thanks to officers’ quick response, witnesses were able to direct them to a potential suspect in the area,” the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement. He noted that officers found the suspect – later identified as 28-year-old Joe Walls – in the 300 block of Turk Street, and detained him after he “physically resisted”.

Records show officers booked Walls into the San Francisco County Jail at 4:34 p.m. on suspicion of murder, second-degree robbery and possession of a firearm with a prior conviction.

In a tweet dispatched later that morning, Supervisor Dean Preston, whose district includes the Tenderloin, said police reported the shooting at Turk and Leavenworth streets. Preston said the victim was shot four times, police said, and taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Attempts to reach Preston failed on Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Parker (he/him) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: Twitter: @jparkerwrites.

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