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Police resolve standoff by high school in San Francisco’s Fillmore neighborhood

San Francisco police respond to a report of a person with a gun near Eddy and Franklin streets Wednesday afternoon.
San Francisco police respond to a report of a person with a gun near Eddy and Franklin streets Wednesday afternoon. | Source: Courtesy Sebastian Luke

A standoff between San Francisco police and an allegedly armed person in a car Wednesday afternoon ended with the suspect being taken safely into custody, officials said.  

Officers initially responded at 12:22 p.m. to a report of someone in a vehicle with a gun by Eddy and Franklin streets, just down the block from Sacred Heart Preparatory High School in the Fillmore, according to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Officer Gonee Sepulveda.  

Officers said they found the man in the vehicle and tried to make a "high risk" stop to talk to him. The suspect did not respond to police attempts at communication, police said, so officers called for additional help from crisis negotiators and tactical and specialist officers.  

The negotiators tried to talk to the suspect, but police said he refused to de-escalate.  

After about three hours of trying to reason with the man, police said they declared him under arrest and told him to surrender peacefully or they would have to force him out of the car.

According to police, the tactical unit used non-lethal force to get the man out of the car and into custody.  

Police said they had resolved the situation by about 3:30 p.m., but advised people to avoid the area because of ongoing traffic delays.

The man wasn't hurt and refused a medical evaluation, police said.  

San Francisco police respond to a report of a person with a gun near Eddy and Franklin streets Wednesday afternoon.
San Francisco police respond to a report of a person with a gun near Eddy and Franklin streets Wednesday afternoon. | Source: Courtesy Sebastian Luke

In a social media post, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said it was rerouting its No. 31 buses in both directions around Eddy Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue due to police activity. 

George Kelly can be reached at gkelly@sfstandard.com