The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office today identified Officer Bruce Barthelemy as the San Jose police officer who shot and killed a suspect who tried to ram him with a car. A passenger in the car with the suspect faces charges today after he was allegedly found with burglar tools. The officer-involved shooting took place at around 6:45 p.m. Monday in the area of White and Story roads in East San Jose just after police arrived to investigate an unrelated case, sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.
The officers, members of San Jose police’s METRO unit and dressed in plain clothes, noticed a suspicious vehicle and learned from checking the license plate that it had been reported stolen, Cardoza said. The officers followed the car, a white Honda Civic, into a residential area northeast of White and Story roads and using flashing red lights and sirens tried to pull the car over.
The driver in the car slowed down at first but drove his vehicle right at two of the police cars and then crashed into an unoccupied parked car. When of one the officers exited his car and ordered the suspect at gunpoint to come out, the driver ignored the demand and accelerated toward the officer.
In fear of his life, Barthelemy fired a round and hit the driver, Cardoza said. The wounded suspect, a man in his 20s, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The passenger in the Honda, also a man in his 20s, was arrested after officers found burglary tools on his person, Cardoza said. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of violation of probation, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property, in connection with being in a stolen car, Cardoza said. Barthelemy is a five-year veteran San Jose police officer, Cardoza said. The shooting remains under investigation.
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