Police shoot, kill armed man at San Francisco airport

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 02: The road in front of the international terminal sits empty at San Francisco International Airport on April 02, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Due to a reduction of flights and people traveling, San Francisco International Airport has consolidated all of its terminals into one concourse in the international terminal. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
April 2020 photo of the exterior of San Francisco International Airport. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

San Francisco police shot and killed a man they said was armed with guns in San Francisco International Airport on Thursday morning.

Police were called to the airport's international terminal around 7:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a man armed with two guns at the BART station entrance to the terminal's main hall, said airport spokesman Doug Yakel.

Officers "attempted to de-escalate the situation, but the suspect continued to demonstrate threatening behavior," Yakel said. No suspect description was immediately available.

Police used unspecified nonlethal measures on the suspect, but he continued to advance, at which time officers "fired shots to neutralize the threat."

The suspect died from his injuries, Yakel said. One other person, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said the shooting is being investigated by the San Mateo County district attorney's office, sheriff's office and coroner's office. The police department's internal affairs division and the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability are also assisting.

California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta later announced that the state's Department of Justice would conduct an independent investigation into the shooting. The SFPD will hold a public town hall on the shooting within ten days as part of the department's "commitment to transparency," Gatpandan said.

BART services were temporarily suspended and passengers were routed around the affected area, Yakel said. BART officials reopened the airport station at 8:45 a.m., they said on Twitter.

Airport operations were not affected by the incident, Yakel said.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.