San Jose police on Monday evening fatally shot a suspect they saw driving in a stolen car. George Kiriyama reports.
Isidro Alvarez was in his kitchen Monday evening when heard tires screeching. He looked out the window to see what was going on.
"There were three cars passing by fast. We heard a crash," Alvarez said.
What Alvarez heard was a suspect's car backing into a San Jose police patrol car and a parked vehicle near S. White Road in East San Jose. Santa Clara County sheriff's investigators say one of the police officers got out of his car and the driver accelerated toward him.
"The officer in defense for his life for the life of the officers and the public in the area fired one shot towards the suspect," Sgt. Jose Cardoza said. "The suspect was wounded."
Deryck Attard says he heard two quick shots.
"Pop. Pop. And that's when all the fire department and all the rest of the cops started showing up," Attard said.
The suspect - who authorities said was driving a stolen car - was taken to hospital where he later died. Another person who was inside the stolen car was not hurt.
"That passenger right now is a witness. It's not determined if the passenger/witness is going to be related or deemed a suspect...he's cooperating and he's being interviewed at this time," Cardoza said.
Neighbors were witnessing the deadly aftermath of what started as a routine patrol, where two San Jose officers spotted a stolen car just before 7 p.m. on Woodhaven and Athene drives. The stolen car wouldn't slow down, and a chase ensued.
The officers turned on their sirens, but the car wouldn't slow down, authorities said. The suspect then rammed his car into the police vehile, and the shooting happened on Jerilyn Drive.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case since it ended in an unincorporated area of San Jose.