Gilroy Police Release Video of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
Gilroy Police Department Press Release
On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, eight days prior to this incident, a shooting occurred on the 8500 block of Wren Avenue in Gilroy, California. The victim in the case was shot multiple times at close range and was transported to a local trauma center.
Although the injuries were substantial, the victim survived.
Pursuant to an investigation conducted by the Gilroy Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team, David Lopez was positively identified as the suspect. An arrest warrant for Lopez for attempted murder was obtained on September 1, 2021.
On Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Gilroy Police Communications received a 9-1-1 call from a male who identified himself as Dave Lopez. The caller, who has been identified as David Lopez a 40-year-old Gilroy resident, told the 9-1-1 dispatcher the police were looking for him and that he would be waiting at the Gilroy Post Office, located at 100 Fourth Street. Lopez told the dispatcher he was unarmed and intoxicated. Lopez also agreed to remain on the phone line with the dispatcher as police responded to his location.
Having the knowledge that Lopez was wanted for attempted murder with a firearm, the first officer on the scene used her vehicle’s PA (Public Address) system to instruct Lopez to lie on the ground. Lopez immediately began shooting at the officer with a handgun, striking her patrol car. The officer, fearing for her life, was able to get out of the car and return fire. During the gunfire exchange, Lopez discarded his gun and pulled out a second handgun and attempted to use it against the officer.
As Lopez tried to conceal himself behind a concrete pillar with a firearm in his hand, he sustained at least one gunshot wound and was later pronounced deceased. Both handguns were recovered at the scene. The exchange of gunfire lasted less than one minute, and a combined total of seven rounds were fired.
No Gilroy Police personnel were injured in this incident. No bystanders were involved in the incident or suffered any injuries.
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