A San Jose police officer tased a woman and shot her husband following an altercation that occurred as they left a downtown restaurant and nightclub around 1am Sunday morning, according to witness reports.
San Jose Police Department spokesman Jermaine Thomas confirmed that a weapon was discharged, that a man was “taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” and that the call came in a few minutes before 1am. He declined to provide other details as of 4am Sunday.
Companions identified the shooting victim as Marco Zuniga, 37, of San Jose. A general contractor, Zuniga had pushed a police officer away after he drew and fired a Taser at his wife, according to the eyewitness.
Before the shooting, Zuniga “exchanged words” with a “bouncer that had a lousy attitude” as the group exited the establishment after last call, said Gilbert Castillo, a family friend. The argument “simmered down” when another security staff member approached and “reignited the situation.” A club manager summoned a police officer standing across the street, Castillo said.
A bicycle cart operator who identified himself as Matt saw an officer grab his nightstick and walk to the front of the Improv comedy club, where a commotion was occuring.
According to Castillo, the officer threatened Zuniga with a drunk in public arrest. Zuniga’s wife, Cynthia, placed herself between her husband and the officer, who drew and fired his Taser. “She dropped to the ground lifeless. I grabbed the wires and pulled them out of her,” he said.
Zuniga then “got in the officer’s face.” The officer drew his handheld weapon, a sound was heard, and Zuniga went down. “There was a lot of blood. Blood was gushing out of his abdomen,” Castillo, a Modesto resident, said.
According to the bicycle cart operator, who says he overheard radio traffic amongst club security staff members, one employee alleged that Zuniga had threatened to have a companion return with a gun.