The San Jose Police Department is conducting an investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred earlier this morning. The investigation is being monitored by the SJPD Internal Affairs Unit, the Santa Clara County District Attorneys Office and the Office of the Independent Auditor. The preliminary investigation has revealed the following.
On Thursday, October 21, 2010 at approximately 1:50 a.m. a San Jose Police Officer attempted to stop a subject for a California vehicle code infraction in the area of Cunningham Ave. and Nassau Dr. in San Jose. The vehicle sped away, but the officer was able to obtain a license plate number. Officers checked police data bases and learned that the registered owner of the vehicle had a half-a-millions-dollar felony warrant for an attempted murder. Officers determined that the wanted suspect had allegedly stabbed his father multiple times in July 2010 in San Jose. The suspect had a very violent criminal history. Officers obtained a photograph of the suspect wanted for the attempted murder and the officer who originally attempted to stop the vehicle verified that the subject driving the car he tried to stop was the same person.
Officers circulated the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle and suspect. At approximately 4:08 a.m. officers located the vehicle with the suspect sleeping in it within one mile of the original attempted car stop in the area of Seminole Way and Tampa Way in San Jose. Multiple officers were called to the area and a supervisor and officers developed a tactical plan to safely take the suspect into custody that would not allow him to flee again or be a danger to others.
The officers surrounded and blocked the suspects vehicle with patrol vehicles. Officers got on a patrol car Public Address (PA) system and started issuing commands to the suspect. The suspect put the car into gear and drove forward into a patrol car that had been pulled in front of his vehicle to block him in. Officers continued to issue commands to the suspect and he failed to comply. An officer started approaching the vehicle and the suspect responded by shooting a large caliber handgun that had an increased capacity magazine. Numerous officers returned fire. Officers could see the subject still moving around in the car and continued to order the suspect out of the car and he would not comply. Officers started evacuating residents from the immediate area and SJPD Special Operations Units were called-out from home and responded to the scene with tactical negotiators. The suspect continued to refuse to leave the vehicle. A robot was utilized to approach the vehicle and officers were able to extract the suspect from the car at approximately 8:40 a.m. and transport him to a local hospital for medical care.
The officer who initially approached the vehicle was transported to a local hospital and treated and released for minor injuries to his face and a minor injury to his leg.
Police have arrested a man who engaged them in a more than four-hour standoff in San Jose this morning after shooting at officers, a dispatcher said.The standoff began in the area of Seminole and Tampa ways shortly after 4 a.m. It ended at 8:41 a.m. when the man was taken into custody.The man was wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said. Police first spotted the car at about 1:50 a.m. in the area of Cunningham Avenue and tried to pull it over for a vehicle code violation, Lopez said.The suspect fled, and officers did not pursue the car.The car was later seen near Seminole and Tampa Ways at 4:08 a.m.When police tried to contact the driver, he pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers, Lopez said.Police returned fire. One officer suffered cuts to his face from broken glass but no officers were hit by gunfire, Lopez said. Bullets struck the suspect’s car but it’s not clear whether he was injured, police said.About 15 residents of the East San Jose neighborhood were evacuated, Lopez said. Copyright © 2010 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. CLICK HERE For More Breaking News and Crimes Caught on Tape CLICK HERE For More Exciting Press Releases CLICK on PHOTO Win a FREE Fugitive Watch Shirt
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