San Francisco police investigate an officer-involved shooting near the Pierre Hotel on Jones Street on Tuesday. April 21, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Armed man barricaded in Tenderloin after being shot at by police

SFPD shoots at knife-wielding suspect near residential hotel

UPDATE: Police took the suspect into custody late Tuesday night with no serious injuries to officers or suspect after a more than 15 hour standoff.

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San Francisco police shot at a man carrying a knife near a residential hotel in the Tenderloin on Tuesday morning, according to police.

The incident started at around 6:36 a.m. near the Pierre Hotel, a residential hotel for formerly homeless people located at 540 Jones St., authorities said.

At least one officer from Tenderloin Station discharged their firearm during an altercation with the armed suspect on Jones Street, police said.

Officers then chased the man down the street and around the corner to the 300 block of Ellis Street, where the suspect barricaded himself in a building.

It is unclear whether he was struck by gunfire.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, crisis negotiators were still talking to the man and attempting to peacefully bring the situation to an end, police said.

“We are prepared to stay here as long as it takes to create the best outcome and the best resolution possible,” Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson, told reporters around noon.

Police could be seen Tuesday investigating the area outside the Pierre Hotel. Officers placed evidence markers in the middle of Jones Street and outside the hotel entrance.

On Ellis Street, police cordoned off the area outside Glide Memorial Church while officers gathered in the area alongside a fire vehicle and an ambulance.

While Rueca would not confirm that the man barricaded himself inside Glide, he said no one else is in the building besides the suspect.

This is the first on-duty police shooting by a San Francisco Police Department officer since December, when police shot and injured Jamaica Hampton.

Video of the shooting appeared to show Hampton attacking the officers with a bottle in the Mission District.

Then earlier this month, an off-duty SFPD sergeant shot at a man at a gas station in South San Francisco on April 12.

The carjacking suspect, Justin Silvernale, was later killed by local police.

This is a breaking news story. Check back later for updates.

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