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Police shoot and kill armed man at San Francisco airport

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                                First responders enter the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) after an incident involving an armed individual in front of the BART station entrance in San Francisco, Calif., today. The suspect, allegedly armed with two guns, was fatally shot after officers were unable to de-escalate and non-lethal measures were ineffective, authorities said.

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    First responders enter the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) after an incident involving an armed individual in front of the BART station entrance in San Francisco, Calif., today. The suspect, allegedly armed with two guns, was fatally shot after officers were unable to de-escalate and non-lethal measures were ineffective, authorities said.

SAN FRANCISCO >> Police shot and killed a man who was allegedly armed and causing a disturbance at a train station near the San Francisco airport today after he ignored their orders and continued advancing toward them, an airport spokesman said.

Spokesman Doug Yakel said in a statement that the officers responded to reports of an armed person at the Bay Area Rapid Transit station near the airport’s international terminal and confirmed the man had two guns.

San Francisco Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan later said the man “appeared to be armed with a handgun.”

Yakel said officers tried to de-escalate the situation but the man continued to demonstrate “threatening behavior,” and even though officers tried to neutralize the man with “non-lethal measures,” he kept advancing toward the officers.

It is not clear what kind of gun or guns the man had or whether he was threatening others before police arrived. The San Francisco Police Department declined to comment on its officers shooting the man, instead referring all questions to airport officials.

Another person was treated for a minor injury and released, Yakel said.

BART service to SFO was temporarily suspended and passengers were routed around the affected area.

Yakel said airport operations were not affected.

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