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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