SF police rescue wife and kids from hostage situation, fatally shoot suspect

Police fatally shot a man in a Nob Hill apartment and rescued the man’s wife and two children, who were being held hostage inside, early Sunday morning.

At 11:35 p.m. Saturday, police received a report of a domestic violence incident involving a weapon at an apartment in the unit block of Salmon Street in the Nob Hill neighborhood, according to San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

The male suspect was inside with his wife and two children, ages 5 and 11 years old, Andraychak said.

Officers arrived on the scene and heard yelling. At 11:45 p.m. a shot was fired from inside the apartment, Andraychak said.

The suspect would not release his family and police negotiated with him into the morning. At 2:50 a.m., the suspect stopped negotiating and a second shot was heard from inside the apartment, Andraychak said.

Out of concern for the hostages, officers entered the apartment. That’s when an officer-involved shooting occurred inside the apartment, Andraychak said.

The suspect, who was shot, was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead, Andraychak said.

All three victims, the mother and both children, were rescued and treated by paramedics at the scene.

The shooting remains under investigation by the San Francisco Police Department’s internal affairs division, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Police Accountability and the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.

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