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Award-Winning Filmmaker Arrested in Connection to San Francisco Homicide: Police

An award-winning filmmaker was arrested Monday in connection with a fatal shooting in San Francisco, police department officials said.

San Francisco-based filmmaker Kevin Epps, 48, was taken into custody by investigators on suspicion of homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked into county jail Monday evening.

The homicide was reported just after 1:30 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Addison Street in the city's Glen Park neighborhood, police said. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man in his 40s suffering from a gunshot wound.

Paramedics who responded to the scene declared the victim dead.

The victim had not been identified by police or coroner officials Monday night, but a man who said he was the victim's son was at the scene with other relatives and confirmed the slain man is Marcus Polk Sr.

Polk’s son said his father, a cousin of Epps', would stay periodically at the home. Polk Jr. said the two men got into an argument.

"My dad likes to poke fun at people, but I guess the guy had had enough of it," Polk Jr. said.

Rudy Corpuz, founder of youth anti-violence group United Playaz, said he was stunned when he heard Epps was arrested in the killing.

"He’s a revolutionary; he helped many many people," Corpuz said.

Epps rose to fame after producing and directing the documentary "Straight Outta Hunters Point." The critically acclaimed film painted a bleak picture of life in San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods. He appeared on NBC Bay Area's "Today in the Bay" in 2011.

Epps also is a board member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association.

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