Neighbors of a man suspected of shooting two Fremont police officers are shocked, but not surprised by the violence.
Gerald Villabrille's neighbors in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood said he was a ticking time bomb who should have been kept under wraps. Police on Thursday said Villabrille died after he barricaded himself inside of a burning home in Fremont. His death came after an overnight standoff with Alameda County Sheriff's deputies and Fremont police.
"It's very unfortunate," neighbor John Bloomenstock said. "Feel sorry for them. I'm sorry to say, but one less crook to worry about."
Neighbors said they saw a lot of police activity at Villabrille's home.
Sources tell NBC Bay Area Villabrille was recently on mandatory supervised probation. He served time in prison for drugs and weapon convictions.
Neighbors said it was in prison that Villabrille married his wife, whose family lives in the Willow Glen home.
Neighbors said they are sorry for the police community, but relieved they can finally have their street back.