PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
November 16, 2005
Subject: San Francisco Police Seek Witnesses To Golden Gate Park Homicide
San Francisco Police are seeking witnesses to a homicide that occurred at Kezar and JFK drives yesterday, Tuesday, November 15, at about 6:45 P.M. In this incident, two suspects attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint, but left without completing the robbery after the suspects and the woman got into an altercation. Apparently unaware that the suspects had a gun, the victim of the attempted robbery followed the suspects, berating them for attempting to rob her. A witness who had seen the attempted robbery and who had observed the gun, warned her away, alerting her to the gun. The suspects then got involved in a confrontation with another passerby, and one of the suspects shot and killed him. The victim has been identified asTaff Michel, 25, of San Francisco. The intended robbery victim did not remain at the scene.
Witnesses flagged down a passing patrol car, alerting police to the shooting. The patrol unit immediately went to the scene, rendered aid, and set up a perimeter. As other units arrived, citizens began directing police to two men seen running away. Due to this remarkable citizen participation, police soon discovered the two suspects hiding in the shrubbery and arrested them. Booked into county jail and charged with homicide were Travis Tackett, 22, and William Tackett, 24, brothers with no local address. The two suspects may have committed other robberies or attempted robberies in the area prior to this incident.
Because quick recovery of evidence is crucial, and because of the significant public safety issue of a gun in a park frequented by children, there was a concerted effort to locate the weapon after the incident. Members of the SFPD, U. S. Park Police and gun-sniffing dogs were involved in the search over a large portion of Golden Gate Park, with the assistance of the San Francisco Fire Department, which set up lights. Because of the darkness, dense shrubbery, and limited personnel, the search was unsuccessful and postponed until daylight. A search party made up of Park police district officers and numerous recruit officers searched the area beginning this morning, November 16, and ultimately found the handgun believed used in the homicide.
Police are asking that the intended robbery victim in this incident, and anyone who may have witnessed this incident or any other robbery or attempted robbery that these suspects may have perpetrated that evening, to contact police at the Confidential Tip Line, 415-575-4444.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs Office
Sergeant Neville Gittens
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229