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Homicide suspect shot and killed by San Jose police

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By Wesley Severson - Published on January 22, 2021.

Officers with the San Jose Police Department shot and killed a homicide suspect near an apartment complex on the east side of the city Thursday morning.

The shooting was first reported at 10:20 a.m. at the 200 block of La Pala Drive near McKee Road in the Alum Rock neighborhood. 

The suspect who was killed was reportedly wanted for several crimes in the South Bay including a homicide.

San Jose Police Sergeant Christian Camarillo told the Mercury News that officers were at the apartment complex to arrest a suspect wanted in questioning to a killing in Gilroy.

Sgt. Camarillo did not go into detail about the homicide case during a news conference after the shooting but he did say that the person who was killed was also a suspect in a series of shootings in Gilroy and Morgan Hill and was also wanted for some sort of weapons crime in San Jose.

"We are dealing with a very, very dangerous individual here," said Sgt. Camarillo. 

All investigators are saying about the moments leading up to the shooting is that there was some kind of confrontation in an outdoor area at the complex and that more than one officer opened fire.

"During that confrontation, the officers used deadly force. They fired on the suspect, they performed life-saving measures here at the scene. That suspect was subsequently transported to a local hospital where he has pronounced deceased,” Sgt. Camarillo said on video posted by KPIX

No one else was hurt in the incident and the name of the suspect has not yet been released.

The big lingering questions that police are not answering yet are whether the suspect was armed and what his actions were that provoked officers to shoot.

The investigation is still in the early stages and a big police presence remained at the complex and along the nearby streets late into Thursday night.

It’s unclear when police plan to release more information on what took place and the body camera video of the actual shooting.

Check back for updates.

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