General Crime

* Brian Casey died in an officer-involved shooting in San Jose

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Police have identified a man who died in an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning at his San Jose apartment as 42-year-old Brian Casey, police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said today. Casey’s wife called police at about 9:15 a.m. to report that her estranged husband had shot himself with a nail gun inside a home in the 5000 block of Wong Court. She said he wanted to die, police said. Police responded and tried for 20 to 25 minutes to contact Casey inside the apartment, Officer Jose Garcia said. They knocked on the door, called his home and cell phone, and knocked on his windows, but there was no response, so the officers went inside, Garcia said.     As the officers walked through a narrow hallway, they saw Casey was bleeding from an apparently self-inflicted wound. He was holding a 10-inch knife, which he allegedly raised above his head and advanced toward the officers in a threatening manner, Garcia said. Because the space was confined and Casey was about 4 feet away from the lead officer, the officers were not able to retreat, Garcia said. They shot Casey about six times, Garcia said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Garcia said that due to time and space constraints, the officers did not have the option of using a less-lethal weapon, such as a baton or Taser stun gun. “Every situation is different,” Garcia said. “We would love to use those, but sometimes you just don’t have time. And it seems that might have been the case.” Garcia said Casey was alone in the apartment when officers arrived. He said police have had prior contact with him but could not elaborate on the nature of the contact. The three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on
paid administrative leave, Garcia said. They are Mark Palfalvi, a 39-year-old officer with 14 years’ experience; James Mason, a 43-year-old officer with 18 years’ experience; and Matthew Blackerby, a 34-year-old officer with three years’ experience, according to police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez. The investigation is being conducted by the Police Department’s homicide unit, internal affairs, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, and is monitored by the independent police auditor’s office.   
   
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  • “Garcia said that due to time and space constraints, the officers did not have the option of using a less-lethal weapon, such as a baton or Taser stun gun. ‘Every situation is different,’ Garcia said. ‘We would love to use those, but sometimes you just don’t have time. And it seems that might have been the case.'”

    but also

    Police responded and tried for 20 to 25 minutes to contact Casey inside the apartment, Officer Jose Garcia said.”

    Right. No time.

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