A man was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after going to the ledge of a San Francisco high-rise and throwing pieces of concrete and bricks at responding officers Monday, a police spokesman said today. The incident began around 3 p.m. when police responded to a report of a shirtless man on the promenade at Four Embarcadero Center on Drumm Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.
When the officers made contact with the man, who was wielding a knife, he immediately hopped onto the ledge of the building and threatened to jump, police said. During a standoff, the man vandalized a large window to the building and also threw concrete chunks and bricks at police officers below, according to police. Police negotiators were eventually able to convince the man to come off the ledge and took him into custody at about 12:15 a.m., Shyy said.
The man, whose name is not immediately being released, is in his mid 20s and is a Bay Area resident, Shyy said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, trespassing and brandishing a knife once he is released, according to Shyy.
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