A 22-year-old man was arrested Sunday after running across four lanes of traffic, then urging them to shoot him.
The man was initially spotted walking in the center divide of Highway 101 near Alameda Del Prado around 3:30pm, then jumped over the center divider. He then ran across four lanes of traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol.
When CHP officers arrived on scene, the man picked up a rock and walked toward the officers.
The man, later identified as Terrrell Hollis, a Richmond resident, repeatedly said “Shoot me, shoot me,” according to Officer Andrew Barclay, a CHP spokesman.
Around the same time, Hollis’s brother and girlfriend arrived and yelled for him to stop. They were able to get the rock out of Hollis’s hand and CHP officers stepped in to handcuff him.
“It appears like suicide by any means,” Barclay said, adding that . “The freeway median there is about 3 feet wide there.”
Fortunately the situation ended without shots fired, although use of force by officers would have been justified, Barclay said.
“If officers are able to get control of situation without shooting, they do it…but if they feel they or member of public are in danger, it is absolutely acceptable.”
Hollis was transported to Marin General Hospital for a mental health check. But he continued to be combative with the nurses and doctors there and was soon transferred to Marin County Jail.
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