Armed Suspect Shot By Sheriff’s Deputy In Cupertino

CUPERTINO (CBS SF) — A man who was shot by a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy had apparently brandished a replica firearm, causing the deputy to fire on the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s Deputy John Gonzalez, a 9-year veteran of the force, was patrolling the Cupertino area when he observed the suspect in a stolen vehicle near the intersection of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Tantau Avenue around 9:10 p.m.

A 300-yard chase on foot ensued when Gonzalez attempted to make contact with the suspect, Kevin Anthony Quinnette, 32.

According to the sheriff’s office, Quinnette produced what appeared to be a black handgun—later determined to be a BB gun—and pointed it directly at Gonzalez. Gonzalez then removed his service firearm and shot at Quinnette, striking him near his thigh.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

kevin anthony quinnette 083011 Armed Suspect Shot By Sheriff’s Deputy In Cupertino

Authorities say 32-year-old Kevin Anthony Quinnette brandished a BB gun at a Santa Clara Sheriff’s Deputy in Cupertino on August 29, 2011. (Santa Clara County Sheriff)

Quinnette was transported to a hospital for treatment and was later booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail South on suspicion of felony resisting arrest, brandishing a replica firearm, possessing a stolen vehicle, and a parole violation.

According to the sheriff’s office, Quinnette was on active parole for burglary charges. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Thursday, according to booking records.

While the investigation continued Tuesday morning, Stevens Creek Boulevard between Tantau Avenue and Interstate 280 remained closed for several hours. The roadway reopened around 11:30 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

“The crime scene’s big because it occurred on city streets. Just as a precautionary, they made it a little large in case there’s any evidence that’s outside the intersection,” Sheriff Sergeant Jose Cardoza said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call (408) 808-4500 or call the sheriff’s tip line at (408) 808-4431 if they wish to remain anonymous.

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  • Buzz

    The cop should have killed him.

  • ron

    Oh give it a break.

  • Horse-S.

    the most common comment as always, He was trying to turn his life around, and was just about to go back to school. Right?

  • denis

    And what was the suspects name? Once again nice reporting!

    • David Legnosky

      Learn how to read! His name is mentioned several times.

    • SJPD Informant

      Suspect name: Tyrone Terrence Jankins
      Race: BMA
      Hair: BLK

      What anything else?

  • Ralph

    Uh oh. Time to start protesting in Cupertino now?

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