SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) Four San Jose police officers were injured this past weekend after a suspect they were arresting for shoplifting turned violent.
Police got a call around 8 p.m. Friday about a 16-year-old boy who had been detained at a North San Jose Costco on suspicion of shoplifting.
“After he was arrested, he made the comment that he was a gang member, which was eventually confirmed,” said San Jose police spokesman Jose Garcia. “He threatened the officers by saying that he would have some of his gang affiliates kill the officers that arrested him.”
Garcia said the suspect also fought the four officers, who sustained cuts and bruises, but did not need to be hospitalized.
The involved officers are at work on Monday, but the department is taking the threats the boy made seriously.
“We’re always aware of our officer’s safety, being aware of our surroundings and that kind of thing,” said Garcia. “When we deal with individuals that we know are involved in criminal activity, in this case, this individual was confirmed to belong to a local gang, we’re going to be more cautious.”
The suspect was booked into juvenile hall on a variety of charges, including fighting with the officers and an outstanding felony warrant.