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San Francisco Police Shoot, Kill Murder Suspect In Standoff

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San Francisco Police on the scene of a standoff in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood on May 9, 2012. (CBS)

San Francisco Police on the scene of a standoff in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood on May 9, 2012. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police have shot and killed a suspect who opened fire on officers during a standoff in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighborhood Wednesday night.

Rohnert Park police contacted the suspect at an apartment building in the 800 block of Post Street around 8:45 p.m. in connection with a homicide investigation in their jurisdiction, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

Rohnert Park officers requested assistance from San Francisco police. When San Francisco police arrived at the scene the Rohnert Park officers were attempting to contact the suspect who had barricaded himself inside the building, Andraychak said.

The suspect opened fire at the officers and the officers withdrew, Andraychak said.

According to police, nearly two dozen shots were fired.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The building’s occupants were evacuated, surrounding streets were closed to traffic and a tactical unit and crisis negotiators were brought in to assist, Andraychak said.

Tactical units secured the floor where the suspect was barricaded and Andraychak said the suspect continued to fire shots through walls and the floor.

The suspect also set several fires while holed up in the apartment and those fires have been extinguished by San Francisco firefighters, Andraychak said.

Police determined that the suspect posed an imminent threat to officers and to occupants who had been unable to evacuate because of the suspect’s gunfire, Andraychak said.

At least one officer shot the suspect and he died at the scene, according to Andraychak.

Andraychak said no injuries were reported, however police are going door to door Wednesday night to ensure that no one in neighboring apartments were injured.

Post Street was closed to traffic between Larkin and Leavenworth streets and Hyde Street was closed between Sutter and Geary streets.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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