Stephen Ellison

San Jose Police Arrest Suspect, Accomplice After Officers Shot At

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NBC Bay Area

San Jose police have made an arrest of a suspect and an accomplice, NBC Bay Area learned Thursday, after two officers were shot at.

The men are known, certified gang members, sources said. Sources identified them as Luis Soriano, the suspected shooter, and Miguel Fernandez, the suspected accomplice.

Police have been looking for the shooter, even offering a $10,000 reward for information about him, since Sunday, when two officers were shot at, but not injured.

About 7:35 p.m. that evening, the two officers were on foot patrol in the area of Luby and Ripley drives when they tried to contact a group of men, police said. The group fled, and one of the men turned and fired several rounds at the officers.

On Monday, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia held a news conference, promising that justice will be served.

"We will find the individual involved in the shooting and we will search the ends of the earth if need be," he said.

The suspect was described as an adult male in his 20s, 6 feet tall, 160 to 180 pounds, clean shaven, wearing a black and gray Pendleton shirt with a white T-shirt underneath and dark pants.

Sunday's shooting marks the first time since March that someone has fired directly at San Jose police. Back in March, a man opened fire on three officers who were making a stop near Meridian Avenue. That suspect was wounded in a firefight with law enforcement personnel and later arrested for attempted murder.

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