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The San Jose Police Department is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred in the 2100 block of Inman Way in San Jose. Officers attempted to stop a suspect when he fled on foot into a residence. Officers followed the suspect into the residence, where he discarded a handgun. A second suspect picked up the discarded weapon and pointed it at one of the officers. One of the officers fired at the suspect in self defense. The suspect was struck one time. The suspect was transported to Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:13 AM.
Preliminary investigation into the shooting revealed that officers from the Special Operations METRO Unit were conducting gang suppression patrols in East San Jose when they observed Suspect Fuentes walking on Inman Way drinking a beer (possessing an open container of alcohol in public is a City of San Jose Municipal Code violation). When officers attempted to contact Suspect Fuentes regarding the muni-code violation, he fled on foot.
Officers pursued Suspect Fuentes on foot into a residence in the 2100 block of Inman Way. As the officers pursued Suspect Fuentes into the residence, he continued to reach into his waisteband. Once inside the residence, Ofc. Tassio pushed Suspect Fuentes to the ground. Suspect Fuentes then reached into his waisteband area and produced a handgun. Suspect Fuentes then tossed the handgun into a nearby bedroom. Ofc. Tassio then observed Suspect Galindo, who was in the bedroom, pick up the handgun. Ofc. Tassio shouted commands at Suspect Galindo to drop the gun. Suspect Galindo pointed the gun at Ofc. Tassio. Ofc. Tassio fired one round, striking Suspect Galindo. Suspect Galindo was later transported to Regional Medical Center where he died. Suspect Fuentes was later booked into jail for resisting arrest and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting is on-going. Both officers present at the scene have been placed on routine paid administrative leave. The San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting.
This incident marks San Jose’s 8th officer-involved shooting of 2011 (4th fatal officer involved shooting).
Persons with information regarding this incident are urged to contact Detective Sergeant Erin Fong or Detective John Barg in the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283
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