Malicious Muni free rider thwarted by police

Cops stifled a potential daylight shootout on a Muni platform last week with an armed passenger who refused to pay his fare, police said.

The man was sweating and breathing heavily, cops said, when he reached into his waistband, presumably for his gun, after failing to sneak past four officers conducting fare inspections on a T-Third line platform around noon Aug. 20, authorities said.

The fare evader “completely ignored” one of the cops after hopping off the light rail car at Third Street and Revere Avenue, police said. When pressed for the fare, the suspect asked if he could “just get back on the bus,” they said.

Cops refused, and the fare evader became anxious and reached into his pants, police said. The officers tried to restrain him, but he resisted and nearly bumped two officers off the platform, police said.

During the struggle, cops said they spotted the “butt” of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun hidden under the man’s sweater, which they eventually recovered, police said. Cops said they also found several cocaine rocks on him.

If it “walks like a duck with a gun, talks like a duck with a gun, it’s a duck with a gun,” police said.

Bayview cops couldn’t avoid getting into a shootout Saturday. Two officers exchanged gunfire with thugs by a public housing development, though no one was hit, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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