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San Jose State University Police Sgt. Mike Santos Identified in Officer Involved Shooting

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San Jose police today released the name of the San Jose State University police officer who killed a suspect brandishing a 12-inch saw blade at another officer on Friday. Sgt. Mike Santos, a 15-year veteran with the campus police, fired at least one round at the man in the area of Eighth and San Salvador streets on Friday, according to police Officer Albert Morales.

The suspect’s name is not yet being released, police said. The San Jose Police Department’s homicide unit is handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting since it happened off of the SJSU campus in the city of San Jose’s jurisdiction, Morales said. SJSU police were called at about 10:55 a.m. Friday about a man who was waving a knife around and acting strange on university grounds, Morales said. Santos and a second officer who drove to the scene noticed the suspect holding a knife on Eighth Street south of San Salvador, just off of the college campus, San Jose police said.

Santos and the other officer got out of their patrol cars and demanded that the man drop the knife, but the suspect refused, Morales said. The other officer used his Taser stun gun on the suspect but it had no effect on him, according to Morales. The suspect then advanced on the other officer with the knife and Santos, fearing the officer would be stabbed, fired at least one round at the suspect, who fell to the ground, Morales said. The wounded man was later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. Neither officer was injured, Morales said. The suspect had been carrying a foot-long saw blade that is similar to a jagged-edge tool used for cutting drywall, according to police.

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