gun.jpgA man armed with a handgun who was trying to run away from police was tackled by an officer in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood early Wednesday, police said.

Roderick Turner, 49, was arrested after police responded at about 4 a.m. Wednesday to the 300 block of Ellis Street, where they were told about a man reportedly in possession of a gun.

Officers spotted a man matching the description they were given, later identified as Turner, who quickly put his hand in a jacket pocket and began walking away from police.

When the officers told him to stop, Turner allegedly started running west on Ellis Street and pulled a chrome handgun from the jacket pocket, according to police.

The officers were fearful that he would open fire, but because of the presence of a crowd at Ellis and Jones streets, they decided it was unsafe to fire their weapons at him, police said.

One of the officers then caught up to Turner and tackled him to the ground, causing the gunman to drop the .380-caliber semiautomatic gun he was holding.

Other officers closed in and arrested Turner, who was booked into jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, weapons violations and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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