Police Answer Lingering Questions Following SJ OIS

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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Police Answer Lingering Questions Following SJ OIS

Steve Lyon

The use of tasers has proven controversial for the SJPD, but the coroner has let them off the hook in this case.

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The Santa Clara County Sheriff's department answered some lingering questions late Wednesday following Tuesday's deadly officer involved shooting in rural Santa Clara County.

A man was shot and killed by a San Jose police officer after the officer said he came at him holding two knives in a threatening manner, Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Rick Sung said.
 
Both sheriff's deputies and San Jose police officers responded to a home in the 4000 block of Higuera Road about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after someone called to say a man had threatened them and that he was armed with several knives.
 
Investigators said Wednesday when officers arrived on the scene the reporting party took them to a creek bed where they confronted the suspect. Officers said the man refused to drop the weapons. Officers also used a Taser to try to subdue the man, but said that didn't have any effect on him.

The press release said, "He then began advancing on the sergeant while holding both knives over his head in a threatening manner. In fear for the safety of his fellow officer and other civilians" the 17-year veteran discharged his gun striking the man several times.

This all happened on a large estate in the Eastern foothill just outside San Jose.  No other homes were within a half mile from the remote location.

The suspect's identity was not released as of Wednesday evening.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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