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A man with a knife arrested in Mission after barricading himself in a car

San Francisco police arrested the man just after 4:20 p.m. after an hour-long standoff during which he sat barricaded in a car and surrounded by police officers on McCoppin Street, on the north end of Mission.

According to the witness, a man, allegedly wielding a knife and brass knuckles, approached a group of three people sitting in a double-parked car.

The witness, who lives on McCoppin but declined to be identified, said three people were waiting for him in a car when a man approached them with a knife.

When the witness emerged from his apartment, he saw a man standing with a knife pointed at the front driver’s side tire, apparently preparing to slash the tire. The man with the knife told the witness to “go home” and pointed to the witness’s apartment.

The witness then got into his car, drove away with the other three people and called the police, who arrived about 15 minutes later. At this point, the man locked himself in a nearby car and did not want to come out.

The car in which a knife-wielding suspect barricaded himself on Friday, June 14, 2024, after police arrested the suspect. Photo: Io Gilman.

The Police Headquarters said in a statement that officers were dispatched to the apartment building “in connection with a person with a knife threatening others” around 12:36 p.m.

McCoppin Street between Valencia and Otis was closed for hours today while more than a dozen police and fire vehicles were on scene. Officers were deployed on the roads in all directions, and even a small vehicle was used to monitor parking.

Police officers and members of the SWAT team spent hours trying to get the man out of the car using a loudspeaker. The man opened and closed the window and driver’s seat door several times, but he did not want to leave the vehicle.

As the police worked, a group of up to fifteen onlookers slowly gathered, many of whom were residents of the buildings whose entrances the police were blocking.