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Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy Officer Involved Shooting in Morgan Hill

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On Saturday, March 22nd at 5:30am, deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle call in 6600 block of Croy Road in the unincorporated Santa Clara County. The deputies arrived on scene and located the suspicious vehicle parked in a residence on Esther Lake Drive.

Without warning the suspect vehicle rammed three patrol cars repeatedly while the deputies were getting out of their cars. One deputy fired at least one shot at the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle then drove across Esther Lake Drive and was struck by another vehicle. This caused the suspect vehicle to crash down a small ravine. The suspect then fled from his vehicle into the woods.

Gilroy Police, Morgan Hill Police, Sunnyvale DPS, San Jose Police and the California Highway Patrol
all responded to the scene to assist.

Due to the remote terrain, the Sheriff Emergency Response Team (SERT) was called to the scene to find the suspect. Several hours after the initial call, SERT deputies located the suspect hiding in the woods approximately ½ mile from the scene. The suspect was identified as Michael Matagulay, 42 years-old from San Jose, was not injured and he was booked into the Main Jail on multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder on a peace officer.

One deputy was taken to the hospital with head pain but has since been medically cleared.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Homicide
Investigators at 408-808-4431.

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