A "love triangle" might have been behind the San Jose hostage situation that left two people dead and a police officer shot, according to sources close to the investigation.
A woman was found dead inside a Camden Avenue home earlier this week after officers killed a gunman in a shootout following an hours-long standoff, authorities said. Leonel Acevedo, a 45-year-old former tenant of the house, was shot and killed by police. The landlord, 53-year-old Yolanda Najera, was later found dead inside the home.
According to police, Acevedo rushed officers and fired shots from two handguns, wounding one officer. Acevedo was then shot and killed by a police sniper. His hostage, Najera, was later found dead inside the house with at least one gunshot wound, sources said.
Sources close to the investigation told NBC Bay Area the motive behind the hostage situation was a possible "love triangle." Those sources said Acevedo used his cell phone to contact Najera's husband to taunt him during the hostage incident.
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The so-called love triangle led to Acevedo being evicted in July and that investigators are still trying to determine whether Acevedo killed Najera before or during the police standoff, sources said.
A tenant at the house said he believes the Najera family is planning memorial services but declined to comment about Acevedo.
A police spokesman also said the department has no official comment except to say the investigation is ongoing.