Cops Watch Suicidal Man; Street Closed — (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)

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THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

August 13, 1992
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An “extremely depressed” man, armed with a gun and barricaded in his third-floor apartment, occupied the attention of police at 775 Post Street last night for hours after telephoning his doctor and threatening suicide, authorities said.

There were no reports of hostages or exchange of gunfire, and police said they considered the man to be a danger to himself, not the public.

By late last night, police were still waiting for a chance to subdue the man, who allegedly was under the influence of alcohol and the anti-psychotic drug Prozac. Authorities, stationed outside the building, said they would act after the effects of the drugs wore off.

Police blocked Post between Jones and Hyde streets and Leavenworth Street between Geary and Sutter streets after the threat was reported about 5:30 p.m. The presence of 40 officers and two dozen patrol cars held up the evening commute traffic for hours.

By late last night, the police presence had been reduced to about 20 officers. Authorities said they expected the situation to be resolved during early in the morning.

The suspect’s age, 58, was released by police, but his identity was kept confidential.

Edition:  FINAL
Section:  NEWS
Page:  D8
Column:  BAY AREA REPORT
Index Terms: SUICIDE; ATTEMPT; SF; DEPRESSION
Record Number:  12836