San Jose Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting of Officer at Scene of Domestic Incident

San Jose police announced they have arrested a suspect in the morning shooting of a San Jose police officer at a downtown apartment building, ending a five-hour standoff.

A female officer, who has not been identified, was shot this morning while responding to a report of a family disturbance in downtown San Jose, according to police.

The arrest ended a tense morning in a neighborhood next to O'Connor Park. Police gave no details of the arrest, except to say on social media at 1:15pm: "The suspect in this incident has been taken into custody. Please continue to avoid the area. Officers will remain on scene for quite some time."

The female officer was hospitalized, with no updates of her condition. Police earlier had assured residents that  the suspect was "contained" and surrounded by dozens of officers.

The shooting occurred shortly before 8am, when San Jose police officers contacted residents at an apartment near Auzerais Avenue and Race Street, police said.

“Upon arrival, officers contacted residents at the door and immediately began taking gunfire,” and one officer was wounded, the San Jose Police Department reported on social media.

In 11am statement on social media, Mayor Matt Mahan revealed the officer was a woman: "I am praying for the swift recovery of our officer who was shot this morning while responding to a domestic violence call. She is currently at the hospital, and my thoughts are with her family during this unimaginably difficult time."

The wounded officer was taken to a hospital after the shooting and an update on her condition was not available. San Jose police did not say whether anyone else was injured and were asking people to avoid the area.

Media on the scene reported that at 10:40am police could be heard using a bullhorn or other amplified sound source to order someone to come outside and surrender.

"The scene is still very active," police spokesperson Jorge Garibay said at an 11am press conference. Neighbors have been evacuated, he said.

Traffic was shut down in the area between West San Carlos Street and Parkmoor Avenue.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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