1:57 PM: A man shot dead by police at an apartment in San Francisco’s Lower
Nob Hill neighborhood on Wednesday night was identified by authorities today as 41-year-old Dennis Hughes, a Rohnert Park resident who was wanted in connection with his mother’s death.
Investigators were seeking Hughes as a person of interest in the murder of his mother, Dianne Hughes, 66, who was found dead Tuesday at her home in the 600 block of Bernice Avenue in Rohnert Park that she shared with Dennis, police said at a news conference in San Francisco this morning.
Police received information that Dennis Hughes had a girlfriend who lived in San Francisco, and went to her apartment at 861 Post St. shortly before 8:50 p.m., Rohnert Park Director of Public Safety Brian Masterson said.
When the officers arrived at the apartment, the girlfriend opened the door and they observed that she was “ashen, and seemed very nervous and anxious,” Masterson said.
Although the officers could not see Hughes, they called out to him and he responded from somewhere inside the apartment.
As the officers engaged him in conversation, Hughes allegedly fired rounds through the apartment wall, missing the officers, Masterson said.
The officers retreated and called for backup from San Francisco police, who responded and helped evacuate residents from the building.
A standoff ensued, during which Hughes shot his gun “through the floor, through the ceiling, through the walls–at any hearing of any motion, whether it was officers or residents,” San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said.
Suhr said Hughes then lit items on fire in one of the apartment’s bedrooms.
Because of the fires, “coupled with the fact that we had an active shooter … the decision was made that if the threat could be neutralized, that should happen,” Suhr said.
At about 10 p.m., a police sharpshooter fired a shot into the building from the south, hitting and killing Hughes, who was in the rear of the apartment, Suhr said.
Firefighters then went into the apartment and extinguished the blaze, which was confined to the one unit, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.
One San Francisco police officer was injured in the standoff, and was taken to a hospital for treatment and released. No other injuries were reported.
“But for the grace of God, we didn’t suffer a tragedy,” he said.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, whose district includes the neighborhood where the standoff happened, said at the news conference that the fact that no one else was seriously hurt “is a testament to work of our men and women in uniform.”
Two handguns were recovered from inside the apartment, Suhr said.
Hughes’ girlfriend is being interviewed by investigators today.
A white Toyota Highlander that belonged to Dianne Hughes was found parked in the area after the standoff.
The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the San Francisco Police Department’s homicide detail, its internal affairs division, the San Francisco district attorney’s and medical examiner’s offices and the city’s Office of Citizen Complaints.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News
12:48 PM: The man shot dead by police at an apartment in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighborhood on Wednesday night was identified by authorities today as 41-year-old Dennis Hughes, of Rohnert Park.
Hughes was wanted as a person of interest in the death of his mother, Dianne Hughes, 66, who was found dead Tuesday in the Rohnert Park home she shared with Dennis, police said at a news conference this morning.
Investigators received information that Dennis Hughes had a girlfriend who lived in San Francisco, and went to her apartment at 861 Post St. shortly before 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, Rohnert Park Director of Public Safety Brian Masterson said.
The officers contacted Dennis and his girlfriend inside the home, and at some point shots were fired through an apartment wall at the officers, apparently by Dennis Hughes, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said.
The officers retreated from the apartment and called for backup, and began evacuating residents from the building, Suhr said.
Hughes also allegedly lit some items on fire inside the apartment, and at about 10 p.m., because of the imminent threat from the gunshots and the fire, a San Francisco police sharpshooter shot and killed Hughes, Suhr said.
Firefighters then went in and extinguished the blaze, which was confined to the one apartment, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.
No officers or other civilians were injured in the incident, which caused nearly 200 people to be evacuated from that apartment building and nearby buildings, according to Suhr.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News