Treasure Island Standoff Suicide ID'ed as Benicia Carjacking Suspect

Duncan Phillips stole his ex-girlfriend's car on Thanksgiving. He shot at a San Francisco cop before killing himself Tuesday morning.

-Bay City News

A suspect who shot at San Francisco police during a pursuit before killing himself during a standoff on Treasure Island early Tuesday morning has been identified by the medical examiner's office as 29-year-old Duncan Phillips.

Phillips was wanted by Benicia police for allegedly stealing his  ex-girlfriend's car at gunpoint and robbing and pistol-whipping another woman last Thursday.

Monday afternoon, November 26, a Solano county judge signed an arrest warrant for Philips alleging robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, car jacking and attempted robbery.  Bail had been set at $230,000.

Phillips was spotted in a stolen car by San Francisco police at about 11 p.m. Monday at Mason and Bush streets after his father had called  911 following some sort of dispute between the pair, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle but it did not pull over, instead running through multiple red lights, police said.

A pursuit ensued, during which at least one shot was fired from  the vehicle toward officers, who were not hit by the gunfire.

The pursuit continued onto the Bay Bridge and ended on Treasure Island, where Phillips got out of the car and ran to the shoreline and threatened to kill himself.

After an hours-long standoff, police heard a single gunshot and then moved in to find Phillips suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Traffic was blocked going in to and off of Treasure Island during the standoff and residents were asked to stay inside their homes. Traffic was reopened by shortly after 6 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The American Red Cross responded to the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco to assist Treasure Island residents who were not able to get to their homes.

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Heor November 28, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Being good friends with this guy, I can tell you there are a lot of people missing him right now.
John Headley November 28, 2012 at 04:01 AM
I'm sorry officer I had no idea who I was when I pistol whipped that young lady.
CG November 28, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Perspective.... is something to gain, you poor unfortunate soul. These people posting comments are people that have had the great fortune of knowing the depth of this young man's heart, and are able to recall the gifts of knowing him beyond the tragic choices of his broken mind. None of them are applauding Duncan for his choices, but they are looking deeper and voicing the love of the true value of his soul. Duncan was a young man who sought out homeless people to feed, friends who needed a shoulder, and truly sought after a better way. He lost his strength in the end, a broken mind took hold. No one is asking you to like what he did in the last days of his life, they are just sharing compassion for their lost friend. Isn't it a good thing to look for the best in humanity? Love to you Duncan, you have many friends who will never forget the depth of your soul!
Joe Feltcher November 28, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Where were all you 'friends' of his when he needed this so-called help?
Heor November 28, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Well, you should know that I'm a member of his family. You should also be aware that his father was aware of his diagnosed condition for a while, however, he was stable at the time and was doing well. However, things can happen in a short period of time. We didn't know he had descended into this illness (descent into schitz.) until a few days ago, shortly before all of this transpired. We encouraged him to check in etc, and in case you wanted to know, we actually called the police last night to have him dealt with before he could do more harm to others and himself. That police call led to all this.
previous Benicia resident November 28, 2012 at 05:21 AM
How dare you? You obviously have no heart what so ever, and have no idea what hurt you are causing others by your insensitivity. I am a parent of one of the kids that grew up with Duncan. A tight group of kids that has stayed close over the years. Can you even imagine how much it might hurt for you to accuse those that care, that they didn't do enough?
Heor November 28, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I think you need to just leave this alone and stop spending your time desecrating the memory of a guy you clearly never knew.
JDF November 28, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I'm out. You are sick excuses of human beings. I'm not reading anymore, he wouldn't have wanted all the trouble.
Sharon November 28, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Thank you
Sharon November 28, 2012 at 07:06 AM
As one of his friends I can say that many people did their absolute best to be there for him and help him... Joe Feltcher, I hope you never exerience the pain of realizing that sometimes there is nothing any of us can do to save another person.... I have had to learn this over the past two years, and it hurts. I have also learned that just because we cannot do "ALL" does not mean we should not do what we can.
Sharon November 28, 2012 at 07:14 AM
John, I was there when the woman was pistol whipped, and I can tell you that was not right, and that even his mental state at the time does not make it right. Having said that, I can tell you do not know him or anything other then what you read in the papers. I hope you find in your own life some compassion for those suffering, for all of us have been the victim at times and all of us have also been the criminal or the assailant. When Duncan was most grounded in his own soul and heart, he would have been furious at anyone getting pistol whipped- and sorry to sound blunt but I think taking his own life is more than enough punishment.
PB November 28, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Benicia Patch you should be ashamed. Your tolerance for this is disgusting.
Richard Bortolazzo November 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
This forum is the written equivalent of the Jerry Springer show. Entertaining, yet vulgar. Long live freedom of speech.
John Headley November 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Heor, I'm sure Duncan was a great kid, but when people show up on this website justifying "criminal" actions you're going to get some insensitive comments. Do you know some rapists aren't criminals either until they rape someone. And they usually are victims themselves. We can justify almost anyone's actions. Most people have to be somewhat crazy to do the heinous crimes that are commited everyday, that doesn't mean we can excuse the behavior or shouldn't be relieved when it comes to an end without some other innocent people getting hurt. I appreciate your hate of people like me as we'll as I appreciate people who continually make excuses for others' criminal activity. And to Nojobbybobby, preach on my brotha!
Rita November 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
My prayers and love goes out to Phillips Family, from the Lovelace and Henry family
JB Davis (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The point his friends are making is that he probably needed professional psychological help and possibly some medicine as well. The crimes he may have committed are bad, but for those who knew him best, those crimes were not indicative of the man who died Tuesday morning. Perhaps we could all take a moment to read their comments and learn about a different side of Duncan Phillips.
Joe Feltcher November 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Thank you Duncan for saving us from having to pay for a trial, incarceration, etc... You final act was a noble one. Sincerely- Joe Taxpayer
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 29, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Joe Feltcher and your like minded cohorts, be careful when you are chasing monsters that you don't become one yourself. Where is your humanity? To me the saddest footnote on this closing chapter of this troubled young mans' life is that; if this was a sick animal or animal that bit someone, ie, dog, almost everyone on this site/blog would have been advocating for forgiveness!!! Sick people...sick Race(human?)!!!
Joe Feltcher November 29, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Our 'monsters'? Seems to me that you have the biggest one here. I don't lay a hand on women.
Joe Feltcher November 29, 2012 at 02:38 AM
It's time to take your pills Heor.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 29, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Joe Feltcher, you are a woman!!! Oh, I am sorry, forgive me Women for insulting the lot ofyou by calling Joe the Plumber(Beltcher, a woman. Why do you have a picture of a naked male model on your profile?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 29, 2012 at 03:50 AM
"Ask not for whom the bell TOLL!!!" for it tolls for Duncan Phillips!!!! NO MAN IS AN ISLAND No man is an island No woman a tree No house is a home No flower a bee No mountain high No river deep No need for rushing It's ours to keep It's our to keep if you speak and you say you keep what you earn can't give it away You take it with you it is the master plan and when you come to the end alone you will stand
Babaloo November 29, 2012 at 04:29 AM
so you are not only a racist you are a person who does not respect women. hmm.. a piece of garbage knows what garbage is.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 29, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Babaloo, Joe Feltcher, John Headely and your Cohorts. Your lying words do not hurt me at all but let me tell you this right now. I am here in Benicia, I do not hide myself...If you see me walking and you feel froggy...please, by all means...JUMP!!! I am from a small town in Alabama, called "KICK ASS" and lately talking to you racist jerks; I am getting homesick!!!
Joe Feltcher November 29, 2012 at 05:02 AM
When all else fails, resort to violence. Classy Bobby. Classy.
Hedley Lammar December 02, 2012 at 12:35 AM
He didn't age much from the 1982 photo.


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