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Officer Fatally Shoots Suspected Car Thief In San Jose

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Authorities on the scene of a fatal police shooting in East San Jose on March 18, 2013. (CBS)

Authorities on the scene of a fatal police shooting in East San Jose on March 18, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A single shot from a San Jose police officer killed a suspect who was allegedly trying to ram the officer with a suspected stolen car Monday night, sheriff’s officials said.

The officer-involved shooting was reported around 6:45 p.m. in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County near East San Jose, along Jerilyn Drive between Athene Drive and Emerick Avenue.

San Jose police were conducting a follow-up investigation on an unrelated case but saw a suspicious vehicle nearby that had license plates reported stolen, sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.

When they tried to pull the car over, the driver rammed the police car and then crashed into another parked car nearby.

The officer got out of his damaged car, and the suspect then pulled away from the crash and drove directly toward the officer.

Fearing for his life, the officer fired a single shot at the driver, striking and wounding him, Cardoza said.

The suspect was conscious when he was taken to a hospital but died there from his injuries.

There was a passenger in the suspect’s car and he is cooperating with the police investigation and is being considered a witness.

Cardoza said that investigators have not yet determined the identity of the driver.

The case remained under investigation Monday night.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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