Separate residential incidents leave 1 dead

Two separate incidents four blocks apart left one person dead and another barricaded in an apartment for hours Sunday, according to police.

Police initially responded to a noise complaint before the shooting at Sutter and Hyde streets around 11:15 a.m.

According to Sgt. Troy Dangerfield, there was an intense verbal argument in the building and speakers were thrown out the window.

Dangerfield said the suspect, only described as a male, displayed a weapon and a responding officer shot at him. The suspect was killed.
Patricia Mitchell, 75, who lives on the second floor of the Granada Hotel, a retirement community where the shooting took place, said she heard seven shots fired but thought they were from outside the building.

“I heard the shots and I counted them, but I didn’t know they were coming from upstairs,” she said.

The shooting took place on the seventh floor of the building. Dangerfield didn’t disclose the number of shots fired.

Four blocks away, police responded to another incident where a man, later identified as Timothy Zych, 43, apparently barricaded himself inside an apartment for at least 12 hours.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak said police responded to the corner of Sutter and Franklin streets around 7 a.m. and tried to make contact with Zych most of the day. Around 7 p.m., officers forced him out with tear gas and arrested him.

Police were not sure of a motive but said drugs were likely a factor. Zych, who lived in the building, was arrested for burglary, vandalism, terrorist threats and assault.

Neighbors said the incident began after the suspect drove a concrete pillar through a woman’s door in the complex.

Frank Garcia, 40, who lives on the fifth floor of the apartment building, said he had heard a loud noise one followed by a woman screaming, and had gone upstairs to investigate.

Garcia said he saw the suspect and confronted him. He said the man started yelling, then returned to his apartment and locked the door.

The woman was not harmed, Andraychak said.

Police blocked Sutter Street between Van Ness Avenue and Gough Street and Franklin Street between Post and Bush streets for hours while they tried to negotiate with the suspect.

Both incidents are under investigation.

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