Standoff at San Jose Main Jail Ends with Suspect in Custody

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office placed the Main Jail on lockdown early today after an inmate reportedly broke free, snatched a gun and fired multiple shots at a cop.

Authorities say 40-year-old Joseph Castro was being brought into jail by a San Jose policeman at about 1:40am when—despite being handcuffed—he managed to break into the cargo area of a patrol car and grab a firearm.

“The officer attempted to restrain Castro, however Castro was able to fire off rounds towards the officer,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Michael Low said in a news release. “The officer was able to move to a safe location and called for assistance.”

Joseph Castro (Mugshot via SCCSO)

Sheriff’s officials say they emptied the parking lot by the jail’s intake area and put the entire facility on lockdown.

Officers from the San Jose and Santa Clara police departments and the California Highway Patrol arrived as backup along with the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and crisis negotiations experts.

Throughout the standoff, per Low, Castro kept firing rounds from inside the patrol car.

At 5:48am, the sheriff’s tactical team finally brought Castro into custody, according to Low, and brought him inside the jail without further incident. “No one was injured and Castro will be booked into the jail on numerous felonies,” Sgt. Low added.

Based on an initial investigation, the officer whose gun was taken followed the usual protocol for securing his service weapon in a patrol vehicle.

Sheriff’s Office detectives will continue to probe the incident, however, and ask anyone with relevant information on what happened to call 408.808.4500.

One Comment

  1. Instead of billboards, San Jose should consider setting up Twitch streams (subscriber only) of social workers responding to calls. How much would you pay to see a tête-à-tête with Mr. Castro here versus a newly minted Berkeley grad with a social justice degree? I am starting to think this defund the police thing may have legs.

    Good luck San Jose, you’re gonna need it…