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* Dennis Hughes shot dead by San Francisco police was wanted for alleged murder of Dianne Hughes

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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.

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