A person put a gun to his head and ended his life in front of Mission Police Station as passersby watched in horror Monday morning, police said.
The victim, identified only as a white male, committed suicide around 8:30 a.m. at the station at 17th and Valencia streets. He used a high-caliber handgun and shot himself right in front of the station’s front doors.
A woman who witnessed the shocking suicide called cops. The victim did not go inside the police station before committing suicide, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Police were quick to cover up the body and close off the sidewalk with yellow tape.
An employee at the T-Mobile store across the street from the station said he heard the gunshot. He came out and said police officers had already surrounded the body.
The body remained in front of the station at least two hours after the suicide. Passersby could see the body wrapped in yellow tarp underneath a barricade. The victim’s shoe could be seen poking out of the tarp. A handgun and a pair of sunglasses were also visible.
Dangerfield said he didn’t know why the victim shot himself in front of the police station.