SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Officers have taken an armed female suspect into custody, after she had barricaded herself inside a Valencia Street apartment earlier in the day, police said.

The incident began at about 1:55 p.m. in the 500 block of Valencia Street, when police responded to a report of a person with a gun, according to police.

Police attempted to negotiate with the suspect but she refused to come out.

By about 9:05 p.m., the suspect stepped into the building’s hallway and was taken into custody. She was then taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said.

Afterward, the police’s Special Operations Bureau checked the apartment for weapons and anything that may have been hazardous.

Valencia Street was closed between 16th and 17th streets, and residents had been asked to shelter in place. Valencia Street is set to reopen and the shelter in place is being lifted, according to police.

The initial call came in after someone doing pest control work in the building went to an apartment. The apartment’s resident then pulled out a gun and the exterminator fled, police said.

The building was identified as the Crown Hotel.

The lockdown area was later expanded to stretch across three blocks of Valencia from 18th Street to 15th Street.

Officers with shields escorted people who were at cafes and restaurants on the block to safety as the negotiations continued.

People who were affected by the shelter-in-place order posted photos and video to social media.

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Comments (6)
  1. What do you mean, she wasn’t arrested?? She shut down three blocks for hours on end, causing people to be blocked from their homes, and pointed a gun at someone, and you don’t think it’s appropriate to arrest her?

    1. they took her to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. you just want to throw people with mental health issues in jail? that will surely exacerbate their symptoms and then they’ll be out, in even worse shape…and still probably have access to guns. i’d rather try to treat them so they can recover personally.