Suspect in Rohnert Park Killing Shot in San Francisco, After He Opens Fire on Police, Public

Suspect killed after shooting and police standoff in San Francisco.

Police shot and killed a suspect in Rohnert Park homicide who opened fire on officers during a standoff in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood late Wednesday night.

Dianne Hughes, 66, suffered blunt force injuries to her head. .

Rohnert Park police contacted the suspect at an apartment building in the 800 block of Post Street at around 8:45 p.m. in connection with a homicide investigation in their jurisdiction, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

Rohnert Park officers requested assistance from San Francisco police. When San Francisco police arrived at the scene the Rohnert Park officers were attempting to contact the suspect who had barricaded himself inside the building, Andraychak said.

The suspect open fired at the officers and the officers withdrew, Andraychak said.

The building's occupants were evacuated, surrounding streets were closed to traffic and a tactical unit and crisis negotiators were brought in to assist, Andraychak said.

Tactical units secured the floor where the suspect was barricaded and Andraychak said the suspect continued to fire shots through walls and the floor.

The suspect also set several fires while holed up in the apartment and those fires have been extinguished by San Francisco firefighters, Andraychak said.

Police determined that the suspect posed an imminent threat to officers and to occupants who had been unable to evacuate because of the suspect's gunfire, Andraychak said.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle that officers made a decision to kill the suspect. Accoring to an article in the Chronicle,

The decision was made to have officers kill the suspect when able because he posed a significant threat to public safety, police said.

"That opportunity presented itself. The suspect was neutralized and is dead at this time," Suhr said.

At least one officer shot the suspect and he died at the scene, according to Andraychak.

Andraychak said no injuries were reported, however police are going door to door tonight to ensure that no one in neighboring apartments were injured. Post Street was closed to traffic between Larkin and Leavenworth streets and Hyde Street was closed between Sutter and Geary streets.


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SooQue May 10, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I feel that this really sucks! A woman, living peacefully alone, in our normally quiet town, violated in such a manner. Picture yourself, getting to this age, thinking that you have a nice peaceful house to live in, and a nice peaceful neighborhood, to enjoy, and then some lowlife with no regard for anyone decides to f@#k it all up! This really makes me mad.
Angela Hart May 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I'm still waiting to hear back from police as to why he was in Rohnert Park and more about the details about the woman's death. Will update when I get a call.
RC May 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I agree with you SooQue. That's such a tragedy, so sad. I can't begin to imagine how her family and friends must feel. The police did good on finding him the next day. May Dianne rest in peace.
Tami Serber Wall May 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
It was her son. Incredibly sad.
RC May 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM
That's terrible! Was he mental?
Random Citizen 2 May 11, 2012 at 04:14 AM
@ Tami How did you know it was her son?
Sad day May 11, 2012 at 07:05 AM
He wasn't a lowlife and she wasn't a saint. She did horrible, unspeakable things to her children when they were young and that stayed with them for life. So before you post in such a judgmental way without actually knowing the people involved, think twice and maybe next time, choose not to post.
Tami Serber Wall May 11, 2012 at 09:33 AM
only because the latest news had stated it was her son
notes May 11, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Dennis was a wonderful, loving, nice person. Something in him snapped and he did a horrible sad thing. I will always remmember the sweet fun person that he was when I spent time with him. My prayers go out to his daughter and family.
Tragic events May 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
It's true that she did horrible things to her kids that traumatized them in life. It's also true that there was some healing happening that is no longer possible now that she's dead and that even if there was some karma involved in her death, it is only sad and tragic. Please remember that a daughter of Dianne(sister to Dennis) and a daughter of Dennis are left in such pain. He was not an evil person. He was desperate and snapped and then obviously took a weak man's suicide , using the cops to kill him. He also has a father that grieves. Please respect the family. This is not just a story to them, it's a living nightmare!
jam June 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Was there ever a toxicolgy report on Dennis? Was it the meth that they found on him?
jam June 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Where there ever any updates about this? Reasons, etc?


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