Man armed with 2 guns shot dead by police at San Francisco airport; TSA employee noticed ‘suspicious behavior’

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SAN FRANCISCO — An armed man was fatally shot by San Francisco police near the San Francisco International Airport BART station Thursday morning, officials said.

“This really began with a TSA employee that noticed an individual that was displaying some behavior that was concerning, and we always preach the mantra of, ‘If you see something, say something’ to report suspicious behavior,” airport spokesperson Doug Yakel told CBS SF. “That TSA officer did exactly what we expected him to do, reported some behavior that didn’t look right and got the right resources there to address the situation.”

The San Francisco Police Department released this summary of events: This morning at approximately 7:26 a.m., San Francisco police officers responded to multiple calls for service regarding reports of a suspicious individual in the International Terminal of San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Arriving on scene, SFPD officers made contact with a male individual, establishing that he appeared to be armed with a handgun. In the course of law enforcement officers’ engagement with the suspect, an officer-involved shooting occurred involving San Francisco police officers. Responding officers rendered aid to the man and summoned medics to the scene. The man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Also injured in the incident was a bystander, who was treated by San Francisco Fire Department emergency medical personnel on-scene and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


“At this point in the investigation, there’s no indication of this incident being involved in terrorism, like the individual came to commit some type of act of terrorism,” SFPD Officer Grace Gatpandan told CBS SF. “It’s contained to this particular event.”

The deceased suspect was not immediately identified. The investigation is ongoing.

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