SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, July 6, officers from the San Francisco Police Department were involved in 4-hour standoff with man armed with a handgun, who was later taken into custody.
The standoff saw tense moments of aggression, as bean bag shots, flash bangs and loud commands shouted throughout the situation.
Acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin spoke about the incident at the police commission meeting saying, “The sanctity of human life above all, we would have stayed out her until tomorrow,” reported ABC7
The SFPD responded just after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday to a man armed with a handgun in an altered mental state in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood at McAllister and Jones Streets.
ABC7 reported that the man told police that he wanted them to take his life.
The man’s family assisted the officers in de-escalating the situation and police were able to secure that man’s weapon and ammunition.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee commended the officers and Acting Commissioner Chaplin in a press release.
He said, “I want to thank the officers of the San Francisco Police Department for the peaceful resolution to the standoff this afternoon with an armed man. Using de-escalation tactics, patience and restraint, San Francisco police officers put the sanctity of life at the center of this confrontation and resolved the situation safely.
I want to praise Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin for his leadership during the tense negotiations with this armed man. In direct communication with me all afternoon, he continually showed the judgement and prudence and resulted in a non-violent outcome. The handling of the situation today is a reflection of the emphasis that we put on de-escalation training in recent months. We are making critical investments to rebuild trust with our communities and are changing how our police officers handle conflicts on our City streets.”
The name of the suspecthas not been released to the public.