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Kidnapping Victim Located / Officer-Involved Shooting

On January 20, 2012, at approximately 1:18 a.m., San Jose Police Officers responded to the 2600 block of Taffy Court on a reported disturbance involving a firearm.  The suspect, who was known to the occupants of the residence, forced his way into the victim’s residence and assaulted a family member.  The suspect fired several rounds from a handgun while inside the residence.  None of the occupants of the residence were struck by the gunfire.  The suspect then forced his way into the 11-year-old female victim’s bedroom and forced her from the residence at gunpoint. The suspect fled the scene with the victim in what was described as a late model, dark colored minivan.

The San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit, MERGE Unit, METRO Unit, and Covert Response Unit were all immediately called back to work in response to this incident.  This incident was not considered a stranger abduction.  An “Amber Alert” was sent out statewide.

At approximately 12:15 P.M., Detectives developed information that the suspect was in a residence in the 3400 block of Pistachio Drive in South San Jose.  San Jose Police Special Operations personnel responded to the residence to conduct a “surround and callout,” which involves surrounding a residence and then negotiating with the suspect for a peaceful resolution.

As officers from the Police Department’s MERGE (Mobile Emergency Response Group and Equipment – SWAT) approached the residence, the suspect was seen in a window with the victim.  The suspect, who was holding the victim as a hostage, immediately began firing at the officers with a handgun.  The officers, believing that the victim’s life was in imminent danger, then forced entry into the residence to rescue the hostage.  Once inside the residence, the officers encountered the suspect.  The suspect again opened fire at officers while holding the victim.  One MERGE Officer returned fire at the suspect, fatally wounding him.  MERGE Officers quickly rescued the victim and removed her from the residence.  The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was seen at a local hospital as a precaution.  The victim was not injured during the rescue.

This incident marks San Jose’s 1st officer-involved shooting of 2012.

Persons with information about this case are urged to contact the Detective Sergeant Craig Storlie or Detective Glenn Albin in the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit, (408) 277-5283.

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