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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Treasure Island Closed After Suicidal Man Leads Police on Car Chase

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM

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Treasure Island was on lockdown overnight after a gun-wielding man led police on a car chase across the Bay Bridge, firing at officers and eventually turning the gun on himself.

The incident started about 11 p.m., when San Francisco police got a 911 call regarding a man with a gun in a stolen white sedan. The cops spotted the car on the 800 block of Bush Street and followed the suspect vehicle.

The driver, perhaps realizing the cops were trailing him, started blowing red lights, and at one point fired a shot from the car, said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

The car chase crossed the Bay Bridge and continued on Treasure Island, where

the suspect bolted from the vehicle and ran to the bay shore. The

suspect took out a hand gun and threatened suicide, police said.

SFPD set up a perimeter, and crisis negotiators responded to the scene, where the suspect repeatedly showed his gun and threatened suicide. Police closed all ramps between the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island; no traffic was allowed on or off the island as negotiators continued to talk with the man.
The Red Cross was called in to provide services to island residents who were unable to return to the island or leave.
The drama ended at 5 a.m., as incident commanders were working up a plan to escort residents off the island. Police heard a gunshot near the shoreline where the suspect was located. Officers found the suspect suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Andraychak said.

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