Stephen Ellison

Two San Jose Police Officers Shot At; Suspect at Large: Police

Department launches manhunt for shooter in attempted homicide investigation

Two San Jose police officers were shot at Sunday evening, and the department launched a manhunt for the suspects in what investigators are calling an attempted homicide.

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

Lt. Eddie Pedreira said the two officers acted accordingly.

"They did find cover. The officers did not have a good field of fire, so they did not, rightly so, return fire, as we do not practice shooting indiscriminately," Pedreira said. "Even when someone is shooting at us, we have to ensure there's a proper and safe backdrop, unlike the suspect who randomly shot several rounds ."

The shooter was not identified or located.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult 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.

Police established a perimeter around the area late Sunday night in an effort to find the suspect and secure the scene, Pedreira said.

The shooting came on a day when a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy was fatally shot execution style.

"We are concerned about the climate; we are concerned that there has been something lost in the concept of law and order," Pedreira said. "And it is near and dear to our hearts when an officer is tragically shot down."

Anyone with information about the San Jose shooting is asked to call 911 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.

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