San Jose Police Shoot, Kill Armed Suspect

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — One person was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning at an apartment complex in San Jose.

Three San Jose police officers were called to the complex on the 400 block of Wooster Avenue around 11:45 a.m. on a report of a suspicious person armed with a firearm, Officer Jose Garcia said.

The officers located and contacted the male suspect in the rear parking lot of the complex, but something happened that caused at least one officer to feel threatened. The officer fired his gun, wounding the suspect.

Paramedics were called, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene due to his injuries, Garcia said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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  • meatstretcher

    Proper weapon etiquette around police officers is very important. There’s never a good reason to display a weapon to a respondig officer.

    • John Sussdorff

      Especially with a system that gives you a bond and all you need is 10 or 20 percent to get freed til you get your day in court and can explain to the judge what happened and make the right decision. Would the 20 days of county time really been so bad for this guy compared to being dead:?

  • Gary Pedersen

    He had to be an idiot, live by the gun die by the gun

  • John Doe

    That was right in front of my apartment.

  • Robert Mill

    Cops = Licensed Killers

    • aaron james

      Suspicious person ARMED WITH FIREARM. What don’t you understand about that Robert? You must have expected the Police Officers to give him a hug and read him a bedtime story. And if you think a taser would work then maybe you should try to tase an armed suspect. Let me know how that works out for you when you attempt that.

      • JILL


    • Chris

      I would rather be questioned by 8 then carried by six.

      These cops had a report that this person was armed. If this person was reaching behind he back or in a pocket. The cop had every right to protect himself from any harm.

      Cops are taught to shoot to kill not shoot to injury. Using your weapon is Deadly force. The highest level of force on the force continuum. It is not meant to simple injury. If you are put in the position to use your weapon, then that position was brought upon you by the suspect and he/she is to be blamed.

      At least the heading isn’t. Cop shot and killed by reported armed suspect. And survived by wife and 2 kids.

  • John Sussdorff

    None of us know what really happened according to this story, so I would say judgement is best served by the people on the scene. No one wants to kill another human being, and I doubt this officer was doing anything but protecting himself. I don’t like recklessly accusing anyone without the facts to back it up. Lets get more information before we start pointing fingers.

  • Matt

    Who’s US??? Are you walking around apartment complexes that have innocent women and children living in them with A GUN?! When cops come up to you do you have a gun on you? Idiot.

  • John Gabriel

    This is very suspicious. The cop who shot him had a “feeling” something was wrong?

    Since when does a cop get to shoot a suspect based on a “feeling”?

    And since when is one not allowed to possess a firearm?

    Hmm, something smells very fishy here…

    • Ms. Obvious.

      it says……… but something happened that caused at least one officer to feel threatened….. not that he had a feeling something was wrong. The something was wrong part was obvious.

  • John Sussdorff

    If the guy was in eminent danger from a person wielding a firearm he had the right to protect himself/herself. That means the suspect had to have pointed the weapon or was immediately directing the weapon in a threatening and injurious manner. So that being said did this situation satisfy that/ only the officers know……

  • dbarco

    To think that cops want to shoot people is totally ludicrrous!!! The mere fact of the resulting media feeding frenzy is enough to make most cops second guess themselves in dangerous situations which actually could be dangerous in itself.
    Go out for a ride along, talk to cops and after talking to enough of them, you’ll see where the baseline is. In a citizen academy several years ago we went through a simulator program involving shoot/don’t shoot scenarios and since it was so realistic and changeable, it was really enlightning. Ever since them,
    I will not second guess, question maybe, but not second guess.

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