SAN FRANCISCO -- No one was injured Saturday morning when a bullet was inadvertently fired from the gun of a San Francisco police officer as the officer pursued a stolen car, police said.

The incident occurred around 10:40 a.m. Saturday in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood after the officer approached the driver of a parked stolen vehicle, according to San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza.

Upon seeing the officer, the suspect began to drive away, but a car door remained open and the force of the vehicle accelerating caused it to fly open, hitting the officer and causing the officer's weapon to discharge, the spokesman said.

The officer was unharmed in the incident, which is being investigated by the police department's Internal Affairs unit, the spokesman said.

Officers later recovered the stolen car in the 700 block of Clay Street. Police found that the vehicle had been punctured by a bullet but no evidence of any injuries, Esparza said.

Police were attempting to locate the suspect.



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