Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 1461
Incident Date: 11/13/1994
Weapon: Rifle; Semi-automatic
Suspect: Shot and killed
Officer James Guelff succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he was shot by a carjacking suspect, near the intersection of Pine Street and Franklin Street, at approximately 6:00 pm.
The suspect had carjacked a vehicle in Mountain View and had driven to San Francisco, where he pushed the car's owner out of the vehicle.
The suspect then drove to Pine Street where he double parked the vehicle. The man opened fire on Officer Guelff with a semi-automatic rifle as the officer approached the vehicle. Officer Guelff emptied his service weapon at the suspect, and was reloading when he was shot again.
The suspect was wearing a ballistic helmet, a flak jacket, and carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Members of the San Francisco Police Department's SWAT Team shot and killed the man, but not before another officer, a paramedic, and a civilian were wounded by gunfire. Officers found the man was also in possession of a police scanner, gunpowder, fuses, and three vials of pain-killer.
Officer Guelff had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by two children.