Gang Member Oliver Barcenas Shot by Police – Just after 8:00p.m. on Thursday, September 20th, San Francisco plainclothes police had a hostile encounter with two armed gang members, resulting in a shootout that injured one of the gang members.
Oliver Barcenas of Richmond, 22, and one other individual were identified by the two police officers as members of a gang. When approached, Barcenas and the other individual ran. When followed, Barcenas pulled a Tec-9 automatic pistol loaded with a 25 round clip and aimed it at the officers in a threatening manner. After failing to respond to an order to drop the weapon, he was shot twice and sent to a local hospital.
The injuries received by Barcenas in this encounter were non-lethal, and he is currently making a recovery. He faces several serious charges, including: Being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a banned assault weapon, participating in a criminal street gang, and aggravated assault on an officer of the law with an assault weapon.
According to a press report on the 25th, Barcenas was on his way to avenge the killing of Jesus Solis, 20, that took place earlier that week. Barcenas was, at the time of his arrest, on parole for the wounding of a 15-year-old bystander in a gang-related shooting.
Soon after the Thursday shooting, the Mission Police Station was mobbed with protesters that taunted police and wrote “killers” on the outside of the station in response to what was likely perceived as use of excessive force. No violent conflict has broken out because of these protests.
Supervisor David Campos of the SFPD held a meeting on the 24th to discuss the recent gun violence in the Mission area, and to help listeners understand why police fired upon and injured Barcenas. Hopefully, the release of this information will assuage the concerns of the protesters.