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San Francisco Officer Identified Who Allegedly Shot Suspect In Back

June 20, 2018 - 9:05 am
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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - Police officials have released the name of a San Francisco officer that they say shot a fleeing suspect twice during a pursuit earlier this month, initially leaving the man with life-threatening injuries.

According to police, Officer Joshua Cabillo shot 28-year-old Oliver Barcenas on June 9 around 12:15 a.m. in the city's North Beach neighborhood.

Cabillo, assigned to the Field Operations Bureau, has been with the department for five years. Immediately following the shooting, Cabillo was placed on administrative leave, according to police.

The shooting occurred when Cabillo approached a group of four people near the corner of Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street. Cabillo was speaking to the group about having an open container of alcohol, police said.

During the brief conversation, one of the four group members, later identified as Barcenas, began to run on Grant Avenue, heading toward Green Street, according to police. 

As Cabillo chased after him, Barcenas allegedly drew a gun from his waist. After seeing Barcenas allegedly arm himself with a gun, Cabillo shot at Barcenas, striking him twice.

Barcenas then fell to the ground, according to police, and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was suffering from life-threatening injuries.

While the shooting remains under investigation, graphic surveillance video appears to show that bullets struck Barcenas in his back. The shooting was caught on body-worn camera footage from Cabillo, as well as surveillance video from nearby buildings.

After the shooting, officers recovered the gun that was allegedly in Barcenas' possession, a Glock 45-caliber pistol, which was equipped with a laser light and had 26 rounds, police said.

Barcenas was taken into custody on suspicion of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, exhibiting a firearm to a police officer and resisting arrest. He remains in custody on $325,000 bail and is set to appear in court on June 25, according to jail records.

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