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Several San Jose police officers were injured — at least one seriously — when a carjacking suspect rammed four patrol cars while trying to evade capture today, a police spokesman said. The carjacking occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. outside a gas station near King and McKee roads. As someone was reporting the carjacking to police, an officer happened to be pulling into the lot and witnessed the suspect fleeing, police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.
The officer broadcast a description of the car, a GMC SUV, and police began to chase the driver, Dwyer said. About a mile away, near McKee Road and Interstate Highway 680, the suspect rammed a patrol car “so hard that the officer was injured pretty severely,” Dwyer said.That officer was trapped in the car and had to be extricated before being taken to a hospital, he said. The suspect continued to flee and rammed two more police cars on North Capitol Avenue between McKee Road and Alum Rock Avenue before striking a fourth car on Alum Rock Avenue, he said.
Finally, near Alum Rock and McCreery avenues, officers used their patrol cars to block the suspect’s vehicle, Dwyer said. The suspect refused to get out of the car and was still trying to drive away, so an officer fired a Taser through the car window, allowing police to take him into custody, police said. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. Police have not yet released his name.
Dwyer said several officers were wounded in the crashes but none suffered life-threatening injuries.San Jose fire Capt.Mary Gutierrez said the carjacking victim and at least one police officer were taken to hospitals. Dwyer said the carjacking victim, a 68-year-old man, may have suffered a broken nose. Dwyer said the suspect will likely be held on suspicion of carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon.
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