A 60-year-old man apparently in crisis prompted a sizable response from the SFPD Sunday morning at 23rd and Mission. The man, who may or may not be homeless, was wandering in the middle of Mission Street holding a knife to his throat around 10:20 a.m. Police shut down the street between 23rd and 24th Street for approximately an hour, and as seen in the video above, police ultimately shot non-lethal rounds at the man, though they did not initially seem to have much effect on him, as Mission Local reports.
A separate video of the incident (location unknown) reportedly shows a woman who approached the man at one point during the altercation, and the man grabs her by the neck and throws her to the ground.
Mission Local reports via a witness that he heard the woman identify herself as the man's sister, and "that it wasn’t the first time he had done something like this."
In total, the man was shot three times by non-lethal rounds, and he was ultimately taken into custody. The police reopened the street and declared the situation resolved by 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
If you are in crisis, text "BAY" to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential crisis support from Crisis Text Line. And if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you or they should call the San Francisco Suicide Prevention crisis line at 415-781-0500.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.