Police shoot and kill armed suspect outside SFO International Terminal – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) — Officers fatally shot an armed suspect Thursday morning outside the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport, near the entrance to the BART station.
A bystander was injured in the shooting by a ricocheting bullet and was hospitalized.
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Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said KPIX 5 police responded around 7:30 a.m. to reports of an individual exhibiting threatening behavior at the entrance to the BART station in the international terminal. .
Police later confirmed they received multiple 911 calls reporting “a suspicious individual” in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport.
“SFPD officers responded and the individual brandished two firearms, at which point officers attempted to de-escalate the situation. This included attempts to use non-lethal measures,” the SFO spokesperson said. , Doug Yakel.
Officers opened fire after the individual advanced in a threatening manner towards the officers, Yakel said. Officers rescued the man and called medics, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A homeless person was hit in the leg by a bullet and was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Neither individual has been identified by authorities. Police said the incident with the gunman was unrelated to an act of terrorism.
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“At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication that this incident was involved in terrorism, as if the individual had come to commit any type of act of terrorism,” said SFPD officer Grace Gatpandan. “It’s related to this particular event.”
Yakel said a Transportation Security Administration employee first noticed the person acting suspiciously and alerted authorities.
“It really started with a TSA employee noticing an individual displaying disturbing behavior, and we still preach the mantra of ‘If you see something, say something’ to report suspicious behavior,” Yakel said. . “This TSA agent did exactly what we expected of him, reported behavior that didn’t seem right, and got the right resources to deal with the situation.”
The SFO BART station has since reopened following a station closure during the incident. SamTrans provided shuttle buses between Millbrae Station and SFO during the station closure.
“In terms of the operational impact of the airport. BART service to SFO was briefly suspended during this incident. We have also moved passengers away from the affected area,” Yakel said.
SFPD officer Grace Gatpandan said the shooting involving an officer is being investigated by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Cases Division SFPD internals, the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (DPA), and San County. Mateo coroner’s office as usual.
The California Department of Justice was also notified in accordance with state law, Gatpandan said.
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Gatpandan said additional information will be released as it becomes available. The San Francisco Police Department will hold a town hall meeting on the shooting involving an officer within ten days as part of the department’s commitment to transparency and accountability.