SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara police officers were involved in a shooting Sunday morning following stolen-car pursuit, police said.
The preliminary investigation revealed that at about 5:08 a.m., a Santa Clara police officer spotted a stolen brown GMC Jimmy, occupied by the lone suspect. Several Santa Clara police officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Cypress Ave. near the Santa Clara-San Jose border.
The suspect did not yield to officers and a pursuit ensued on surface streets and the freeway.
Eventually, the suspect rammed his vehicle into several Santa Clara police vehicles in the area of Mayellen Ave. and Scott St. in San Jose. The suspect did not comply with the officers’ commands. At one point, an officer fired his duty weapon at the suspect.
After fleeing on foot, the suspect was apprehended by a police K-9. The suspect was struck at least once by the gunfire and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Santa Clara police officers will book the suspect, identified as 38-year-old San Jose resident Manual Gabriel Rico, into the Santa Clara County jail on multiple charges and the felony warrant.
Officers recovered a loaded, stolen handgun, in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and had an active felony warrant for his arrest for assault with a firearm.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police Department’s homicide unit are investigating.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Raul Martinez or Detective Brian Meeker at (408) 277-5283.
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