Richmond police sergeant charged with felonies in SF hotel standoff

San Francisco prosecutors on Tuesday filed felony charges against a Richmond police sergeant who was arrested after an armed standoff at a Market Street hotel on Sunday.

Philip Sanchez, 45, is charged with three felonies, discharging a firearm in an inhabited dwelling, negligent discharge of a firearm, vandalism causing damage worth more than $400, and one misdemeanor, brandishing a firearm, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Sanchez was taken into custody on Sunday after a standoff that began around 4:55 a.m. when police responded to the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences at 757 Market St. for a report of possible gunfire.

Witnesses told officers they saw a suspect shoot a gun inside the hotel.

The suspect, later identified as Sanchez, initially refused to come out of the hotel, leading to a standoff. However police were able to communicate with him by telephone and around 6:30 a.m. he surrendered to officers.

There were no reports of injuries and Sanchez was medically evaluated after the incident, police said on Sunday.

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