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SWAT Team Arrests ‘Violent Career Criminal’ In San Jose

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Officers at the scene of Friday's arrest. (CBS)

Officers at the scene of Friday’s arrest. (CBS)

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – There was a brief standoff between a SWAT team and a 30-year-old man police describe as a “very violent person” in San Jose Friday morning.

Initially, San Jose SWAT officers descended on a home near Center and Louis streets mid-morning.

“This was the culmination of about a two-month-long investigation involving a career criminal by the name of Mitchell Pope. Our SWAT team, commonly known as The Merge Unit, actually has been working in conjunction with our assaults unit, investigating this individual for what we believe to be a minimum of two but possibly three shootings that occurred in the City of San Jose,” San Jose Police Department Sgt. Jason Dwyer told KCBS.

“We do believe this individual has gang ties,” he continued. “A very violent individual overall, it’s not very common that you’ll see one individual do this amount of violence on the City of San Jose. In the meetings that our Special Operations Division had with the Bureau of Investigations, he was determined to be a fairly high threat to the community and that’s why we spent so many resources on him.”

Mitchell remained holed up in the home for approximately 30 minutes; ultimately, officers surrounded the structure, tossed various noise and flash devices inside, and broke some windows in an effort to bring him out.

Pope eventually came outside and surrendered peacefully.

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