SJ police find gunman who shot at officers

August 15, 2008 6:57:18 PM PDT
A San Jose neighborhood was locked down and evacuated for 12 hours today as police searched for a man accused of shooting at officers.

A 20-year-old man who allegedly shot at police officers early this morning during a routine traffic stop in San Jose was arrested just before 12:30 p.m., a police sergeant said.

More than 80 officers surrounded the Pepper Tree Mobile Home Park this morning, looking for 20-year-old Heriberto Plancarte.

Police say Plancarte, of San Jose, was stopped around 1:30 a.m. at Tully Road and Monterey Highway, Sgt. Mike Sullivan said.

After being pulled over, in what was later found to be a stolen car, Plancarte allegedly jumped out of the car, fired at officers, and jumped a fence into the Pepper Tree Estates mobile home park, located at 2150 Monterey Highway.

The bullets didn't hit anyone. A second suspect in the sedan was taken into custody for possession of a stolen car, Sullivan said.

Police brought in a SWAT team and canine units to seal off the park and search for the shooting suspect.

Officers combed the mobile home park for close to 12 hours before locating Plancarte hiding, Sullivan said.

Plancarte's brother eventually talked him into surrendering but police kept residents an extra hour or so until they also found his gun.

He has been taken into custody and will be taken to the Santa Clara County main jail.

No officers were hurt in the incident, Sullivan said.


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