San Jose police opened fire on a man who allegedly rammed a stolen SUV into a patrol car before trying to run over an officer early Tuesday. Police are still searching for the suspect, who fled the scene.
Three officers on foot patrol had just heard a dispatcher broadcast a stolen vehicle report when the silver SUV in question turned onto the 400 block of Wooster Avenue and struck a parked police cruiser. According to the San Jose Police Department, the driver then backed up into a parked semi-truck trailer and then hit the cop car a second time.
That’s when two officers began shooting at the SUV, police said. No one was seriously hurt, though oneofficer, who was sitting in the vehicle originally struck by the SUV, went to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The suspect, described as a Latino male between 20 and 30 years old, abandoned the vehicle about a mile away around McKee Road and Verde Drive. Patrol and K-9 officers found a man they thought was the suspect hiding nearby and took him into custody on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for resisting arrest. Investigators determined that he wasn’t the man in the SUV, but kept him in jail on his resisting arrest charge.
Three officers involved in the shooting have been put on paid leave, which is a matter of course when an officer fires a service weapon. San Jose’s Homicide Unit will handle the criminal investigation.
Police are still looking for the driver, who’s described as a Latino man in his 20s. Investigators ask anyone with information about the case to call detectives at 408.277.5283. To call anonymously, dial the Crime Stoppers tip line at 408.947.7867.