SJSU Police Fatally Shoot Man Wielding Knife

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    A San Jose State University police officer fatally shot an allegedly knife-wielding suspect across the street from campus, authorities said, after the man couldn't be stopped with a Taser. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Friday, Feb 21, 2014)

    A San Jose State University police officer fatally shot an allegedly knife-wielding suspect across the street from campus, authorities said, after the man couldn't be stopped with a Taser.

    At first, NBC Bay Area reported the man was dead. But San Jose State police said, as of 12:40 p.m. Friday afternoon, the man was in surgery at Valley Medical Center. Then, just before 1 p.m., San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales confirmed that the man had died at Valley Medical Center.

    A source tells NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo the shooting may mark the first time a SJSU police officer has had to open fire at someone.

    The shooting was reported near an apartment complex near San Jose State University on Friday at 8th and Salvador streets just before 11 a.m. The area is in the southern part of campus near dormitories and the aquatics center.

    Morales said the man was walking near campus when the department got several 911 calls. University police asked the man to drop his knife, but apparently he wouldn't, Morales said. One officer tased the man, but that didn't work. A second university police officer ended up shooting the suspect, Morales said.

    An email from San Jose State said the campus officer was in the area "following up on reports of a person believed to be acting dangerously."

    A woman told NBC Bay Area her daughter saw, or rather heard, some of what happened, including what sounded like the zapping of a stun gun. She also told her mother she heard gun shots.

    An aerial view overhead shows dozens of police cars lined up in the neighborhood.

    The officer was not injured and the shooting did not effect any classes.

    The San Jose Police Department is investigating the incident.

     

     NBC Bay Area's Alan Waples contributed to this report.