A San Francisco police officer was hospitalized in critical but stable condition early Sunday morning after being shot in the head while responding to reports of a man making threats at a shopping center.
Interim San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin said the officer is expected to survive but that the gunshot wound partly paralyzed him.
One centimeter down and this may have been a fatality for the officer.
Several officers went to the Lakeshore Shopping Center in the Sunset District Friday night after receiving a call about a man making a disturbance there, police spokeswoman Giselle Talkoff said. The man fired several shots when police arrived, then fled. He would not drop the gun, and police distracted him with flash-bang grenades before arresting him.
The suspect, whose name, like the officer's, has not been released, was hospitalized Saturday in critical condition.
The officer has worked with San Francisco police for two years.
Mayor Ed Lee said he had "a good feeling that this officer will recover."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.