SAN JOSE (CBS SF/BCN) — An hours-long police standoff with a barricaded suspect in San Jose has ended with the suspect being taken into custody after shooting himself, police said Thursday.

The standoff in the 900 block of North 4th Street followed a shooting in the same area Wednesday afternoon where police found a man suffering life-threatening injuries from a shooting. The man was later pronounced dead, San Jose police said Thursday morning. He was San Jose’s 12th homicide victim in 2021, police said.

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Police said the barricaded man was a possible suspect in the shooting. A number of homes in the area were evacuated as the standoff dragged on overnight.

At 8:48 a.m., San Jose police tweeted that the suspect had been taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, San Jose police tweeted that they had closed North 4th Street in both directions from East Hedding Street to East Younger Street, which they also closed between 3rd and 5th streets.

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Before 6 a.m., several loud explosions or shots could be heard as police used flash-bang grenades and then tear gas to try to drive the suspect out of the home.

Officers could also be heard speaking through a bullhorn urging the suspect, who they identified as Michael Bradford, to surrender.

“I heard a bunch of sirens and officers over the bullhorn, telling the guy to come out with his hands up,” said resident Leonard Patterson.

Following the self-inflicted gunshot, the suspect was seen being wheeled out on a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance.

Police did not release any information about the motive in Wednesday’s shooting or any official word on the identity of the suspect or victim.


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