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Two Separate Police Shootings Today in San Jose

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One suspect was injured and another was arrested in two separate officer-involved shootings in San Jose early this morning, police said. The first shooting occurred around 1 a.m. after officers spotted a car matching a suspect vehicle description from an earlier robbery near King Road and Alum Rock Avenue, according to Officer Albert Morales. When the officers attempted to stop the car, the driver sped away and crashed a short time later near the intersection of North King Road and Wilshire Boulevard, according to police.

As the officers attempted to contact the driver, one of the officers fired at the suspect “in self-defense,” said San Jose police Lt. Jason Dwyer. The suspect was hit by the gunfire and taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

About four hours later, officers responded to reports of a robbery at the Safeway store at 1300 W. San Carlos St., Dwyer said. Officers near the intersection of West San Carlos Street and Lincoln Avenue found a male believed to have been involved in the robbery and approached him. Dwyer said the suspect, who was armed with a gun, “made a threatening gesture toward the officer,” who then shot at him. The gunfire did not strike the suspect, who was then arrested, Dwyer said.

Police have not released the names of either of the suspects targeted in the shootings. Both officers involved in the shootings will be put on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting, Dwyer said. San Jose police and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will investigate both shootings.

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