SAN FRANCISCO -- A standoff between police and a man armed with a knife shut down Caltrain service in and out of San Francisco for one hour during the evening commute Monday, authorities said.

Police received a call at about 4:15 p.m. a man with a knife in the area of 22nd and Iowa streets, authorities said. The man, who is in his 20s, initially did not comply with police and climbed a ledge near the 22nd Street Caltrain station, shutting down train service beginning at 5 p.m., authorities said.

Police hostage negotiators were able to talk the man off the ledge just before 6 p.m. and he was taken to a hospital for evaluation, said Officer Gordon Shyy.

During the standoff, no trains entered or left the 22nd Street station. Service resumed at 6 p.m., but commuters should expect delays, said Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

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