SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police in the South Bay descended on a East San Jose neighborhood Wednesday afternoon in a reported suspect pursuit that became an apparent standoff before a suspect was taken into custody.
Dozens of units swarmed the intersection of East Hills Drive and South White Road at about 2 p.m with guns drawn.READ MORE: UPDATE: Fawn Fire Grows to 6,850 Acres in Shasta County; No New Structures Destroyed
The incident started several blocks away when a driver in a black Chevy pickup truck was involved in a traffic collision with a police patrol car. But instead of stopping, he ran. Officers chased, but lost sight of him in the neighborhood.
The driver sped through neighborhood streets, driving on a a rim, until he came to the intersection and then drove into the garage door of a home at 3300 block of East Hills Drive.
After no response from inside the vehicle, officers entered the garage and located the suspect, who tried to flee on foot. But he was easy to spot because he was covered with white paint after paint cans stored in the garage exploded upon impact.
“He was unresponsive to our commands to come out, so we had to go in and get him. He hit some paint cans so he was covered in paint,” explained Lt. Steve Lagorio of SJPD.READ MORE: Costco Limits Water, Toilet Paper, Other Purchases Due To Supply Chain Delays
Officers arrived with police K-9 and M-16 rifles drawn across the street from the home. The neighborhood has been cordoned off and police have cleared away residents and bystanders who were initially lining the streets.
Joseph George Middle School was temporarily put on lockdown at about 2 p.m.
“They said on the microphone, ‘Please close all doors and don’t let anyone go to the bathroom,’ and we got all scared,” said Alberto Flores, a 7th grader at the school. The lockdown was lifted shortly after 3 p.m.
At around the same time, police appeared to have the male suspect in custody. Police were allowing paramedics to treat the suspect and a gurney was being prepared to transport him to an area hospital.
“He’s going to go to the hospital from minor injuries he got in the accident, and then he’ll be taken to jail,” said Lagorio.MORE NEWS: SF City Planners Won't Allow Taqueria El Farolito In North Beach Due To 'Chain Store' Ban
Police said the driver’s truck matched a description of a previous hit and run and assault with a deadly weapon vehicle outside of San Jose. The driver of the police car that was hit by the suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.