SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — One person was dead and another wounded after an early Christmas morning police pursuit ended in a deadly officer-involved shooting, authorities said.
San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Story Rd. and Clemence Ave. at about 2:09 a.m.
Arriving officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle from the shooting leaving the area. They also located two adults victims each suffering from at least one gunshot.
Officers attempted to initiate a car stop, but the female suspects did not yield and a pursuit ensued on surface streets and the freeway.
Eventually the driver of the suspect vehicle lost control and collided into a chain-link fence on Leigh Ave. and Fruitdale Ave. The suspect driver maneuvered back and forth to free the vehicle from the chain-link and then drove at officers, ramming a patrol vehicle.
At that point, four officers opened fire. The driver and passenger were struck by gunfire. The unidentified female suspect driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.
An adult female passenger was taken to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. No officers were injured.
The identity of the deceased suspect will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after they confirm the suspect’s identity and notify next of kin.
The involved officers were placed on routine paid administrative leave. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit were conducting a joint criminal investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Isidro Bagon or Detective Elizabeth Ramirez of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.