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* San Jose Police Release 911 Tapes From Officer Involved Shooting of Javier Gonzales Guerrero at Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel

San Jose Police Press Release 10/24/11

The San Jose Police Department is releasing the names of the suspect and officers involved in the October 23rd officer-involved shooting at the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel, 55 E. Brokaw Road, in San Jose. The 9-1-1 audio recordings and photograph of the replica handgun possessed by the suspect, Javier Gonzales-Guerrero, are also being released.

Officers utilized a ballistic shield to approach Gonzales-Guerrero in order to take him into custody and provide him with medical aid. During this approach, the replica gun was stepped on and damaged. The replica firearm was reassembled by investigators for the photograph.

The suspect remains hospitalized at a local hospital and the investigation is ongoing.

Listen to 911 and police radio tapes below

Original Press Release

On 10/23/2011, at approximately 7:48 A.M., San Jose Police Officers responded to the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel located at 55 E. Brokaw Road on a report of a suspicious male armed with a handgun. Several people inside the hotel reported that the suspect was laying in a stairwell, and a handgun was visible in his waistband.

Officers arrived on scene, and located the male. A second group of officers took up a position above the suspect and were able to clearly see the butt of a handgun in the suspect’s waist band. This information was communicated to the officers responsible for contacting the suspect. Officers then approached the suspect from a safe distance, and called out to him. Initially, the suspect did not respond to the officers. After a short time, the officers were able to get the suspect’s attention by verbally calling out to him. The suspect came to and reached for the gun in his waist band. Four officers, believing the suspect was about to try and shoot them, fired at the suspect, striking him multiple times.

Eventually, officers approached the suspect with the use of a ballistic shield for protection. Officers then took the suspect into custody. Paramedics transported the suspect to a local hospital where he remains under treatment.

Preliminary investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting has revealed that the suspect had returned to the hotel after attending a Halloween party. The suspect was dressed in medical-type scrubs and was also in possession of a replica firearm. It is believed that the suspect was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The involved officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave. The San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting. The case will be submitted to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review to determine if the suspect will be charged with brandishing a replica firearm at a peace officer.

This incident marks the San Jose Police Department’s seventh officer-involved shooting of 2011. Three of the seven shootings have resulted in fatalities.

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  • What’s really sad is your posting. I served in Iraq and Afghanistan. One thing I know for certain is if you were not actually there you can’t possibly know as much as you think you do. Even in a combat zone, 20 year old marines, guys who had seen friends blown apart, didn’t just walk up and smoke people. If you had more than a junior high school education you’d know the human mind is so opposed to taking another life that murder victims often have been killed because the human psyche resists the urge to kill (even in self-defense sometimes) so strongly. Even when faced with death this can happen. Educate yourself. Coward.

  • You know what’s sad? You have 4 able bodied police officers standing over a guy who is passed out drunk with a FAKE gun in his waist band area. “Initially, the suspect did not respond to the officers. ”
    After some time officers were able to wake to suspect up.
    Why couldn’t an officer approach the suspect while he was sleeping and remove the threat of the FAKE gun? The guy was passed out drunk, he wasn’t going to wake up.
    Shooting this guy was the only answer they could come up with?
    I wonder if the SJPD is keeping score of all the people they are shooting this year? I know some of these suspect/victims had it comming but I think in some cases such as this one, this whole mess could have been easily avoided.

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