San Jose police identify suspect fatally shot by officer

Monday, September 18, 2017 07:57PM
Police say Officer Mike Pina shot and killed a suspected gang member Friday who was being sought for armed robbery.


SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose police chief released more information about a deadly officer-involved shooting that occurred on Friday.

Police say Officer Mike Pina shot and killed a suspected gang member who was being sought for armed robbery. As of Monday morning, he's on paid administrative leave.

"San Jose PD gang unit investigators received information that a local norteno gang committed this crime. Additionally, GIU investigators believe a revolver style handgun was used in this crime and that Jacob Dominguez was associated to the shooting," San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

At 7:04 p.m. on Friday, police were near the intersection of Penitencia Creek and North White roads trying to stop the suspect.

Police identified the 33-year-old man as Jacob Dominguez. Police said Dominguez knew officers were looking for him. He had eluded them earlier in the day by driving erratically and dangerously on city streets and the highway.

Officers from the Police Department's covert response unit stopped Dominguez and he became uncooperative.


Shots were fired and the suspect was struck at least one time. He died at the scene.

"Dominguez then disobeyed officers' commands by lowering hands out of sight, and in a reaching motion near the front floor board, the officer felt Dominguez was reaching for a weapon and discharged his weapon at Dominguez striking him at least one time," Garcia said.

Police said the suspect had an extensive violent criminal record, which included weapons and drug offenses.

The fatal shooting is being investigated jointly by Santa Clara County prosecutors and the Police Department's homicide unit.

Police said the San Jose Police Department's internal affairs unit, the city attorney's office and the San Jose Police Auditor are monitoring the case.

"I know the family is suffering as well and I understand that, but what led up to Friday was a string of violent events that Mr. Dominguez chose himself," Garcia said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to get in touch with Detective Sgt. Bert Milliken or Detective Raul Corral at (408) 277-5283.

A person who wants to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (408) 947-7867. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may receive a cash reward.
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