San Francisco Police Arrest Wanted Shooting Suspect 21-172

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On Friday, August 6, 2021, at approximately 7:03 p.m., San Francisco Police officers from Mission Station responded to the 2800 block of Cesar Chavez Street for a report of a person armed with a gun. Officers met with a 42-year-old male victim. The victim said that he was working inside his shop when he heard an argument outside. The victim intervened in an attempt to deescalate the argument. The victim then returned to his shop. Moments later, the unknown suspect who was involved in the verbal altercation walked into the victim’s shop and pointed a gun at the victim. The suspect made threats but did not shoot at the victim. The suspect then fled the scene.

On Friday, September 3, 2021, at approximately 6:47 p.m., San Francisco Police officers from Ingleside Station responded to the 2300 block of Diamond Street for a report of a shooting. Officers located a 29-year-old female victim. The victim said that she was driving her car when an unknown male suspect, who was traveling towards her in his vehicle, pointed a firearm in her direction and shot at her, striking her car. The victim was not struck by gunfire. She told officers that the shooting was unprovoked. While processing the scene officers located bullet holes in a window on a home. Officers contacted the homeowner, an 89-year-old female victim. The victim told officers that she just had the windows replaced and those bullet holes were likely a result of the shooting being investigated. The victim was not injured as a result of the shooting.

On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at approximately 8:53 p.m., San Francisco Police officers from Northern Station responded to the unit block of Marina Boulevard for a report of a person armed with a gun. Officers met with a 43-year-old male victim. The victim said he was walking through a parking lot when he was approached by an unknown male suspect who became verbally confrontational. The victim did not know the suspect and the confrontation was unprovoked. The suspect gestured toward a bag he was carrying as to indicate that he had a firearm and threatened to shoot the victim. The victim ran from the suspect and called police. While officers were interviewing the victim, the suspect returned to the scene. Officers arrested the suspect for criminal threats (422 PC) and resisting or delaying an arrest (148(a)(1) PC).

The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Brice Burford of San Francisco. Investigators developed information connecting Burford with all three incidents.

On September 9, 2021, investigators from the Crime Gun Investigation Center and officers from Mission Station served a search warrant at Burford’s residence located on the 1600 block of Chestnut Street. Officers seized several items of evidence including a firearm, two firearm magazines – including one “drum” magazine, and several rounds of unfired ammunition.

Burford was later transported to San Francisco County Jail and subsequently booked on the additional charges of assault with a firearm (245(a)(2) PC, assault with a deadly weapon (245(b) PC), shooting into an inhabited dwelling or vehicle (246 PC), carrying a loaded firearm in public (25850(a) PC) and carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle (25400(a)(1) PC).

A photo of the seized firearm accompanies this news release.

While an arrest has been made these remain open investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.

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