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On Sunday, 4/1/12, at approximately 8:38 PM, San Jose police were dispatched to a manually-activated silent robbery alarm at Richard’s Bar, 1747 Alum Rock Avenue, in San Jose. Officers arrived and contacted the bar’s security personnel who reported an earlier fight had caused bar employees to activate the robbery alarm. As officers were speaking with security personnel, the suspect, later identified as Gabriel Lorenzo, 38, of San Jose, was observed entering the bar while armed with a firearm. Security personnel pointed out Lorenzo to the officers as being one of the subjects who had been involved in the fight earlier in the evening.
Officers heard gunshots inside the bar and observed Lorenzo exiting the rear door of the bar while still armed with a firearm. Lorenzo refused to comply with the officers’ commands to drop the firearm and pointed the firearm at the officers. Fearing for his safety, one officer fired at Lorenzo with his duty firearm; however, Lorenzo was not struck. Lorenzo was arrested without further incident.
The investigation revealed Lorenzo had been involved in a physical altercation inside of Richard’s Bar earlier in the evening. Lorenzo left the bar after the altercation but returned a short time later with a firearm. Lorenzo entered the bar and discharged his firearm at several patrons inside the bar. Lorenzo fled and confronted the officers upon exiting the bar. One patron reportedly was struck by Lorenzo’s gunfire; the victim was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot injuries.
Per standard San Jose Police departmental protocol, the Homicide Investigations Unit responded to conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation. The officer who discharged his duty firearm, and the officer who witnessed the officer-involved shooting, have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.
This incident marks the San Jose Police Department’s third officer-involved shooting of 2012.
Lorenzo was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose on several counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
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