SAN FRANCISCO -- One officer was hospitalized after his patrol car collided with a car driven by armed robbery suspects in San Francisco's Richmond district Saturday, according to police.

Around 6:45 a.m., officers responded to an armed robbery on the 3400 block of Balboa Street where one of the robbers reportedly fired a gunshot, according to San Francisco police spokeswoman Danielle Newman.

During a search for suspects, a patrol officer spotted them in a car at Cabrillo Street and 28th Avenue and gave chase.

The pursuit ended at 20th Avenue and Lincoln Way when the patrol car and the suspects' car collided, Newman added.

Both people in the suspects' car were arrested, and the officer was taken to a hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, and he was released Saturday evening.

The men in the suspect vehicle were identified as driver Kenneth Perry, 48, and passenger Joseph Depaoli, 37, both of San Francisco.

Newman said Perry was arrested for stolen vehicle charges, possession of stolen property, two counts of aggravated assault, felony evading and reckless driving, resisting arrest, and a probation violation. Depaoli was booked for being a felon in possession of ammunition and a probation violation.

According to Newman, investigators are trying to determine whether the crash was an assault on a police officer.


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