Armed suspect shot, injured by police in San Jose

October 23, 2011 5:29:33 PM PDT
The seventh officer-involved shooting in San Jose involved a man at an Extended Stay hotel on Sunday, and police are being tight-lipped about what happened at the hotel. The seventh shooting is as many as the past two years combined.

A little more than nine hours after the shooting, San Jose Police released very few details about the shooting other than to say officers were called to the hotel early Sunday morning by hotel management regarding a suspicious person with a weapon.

Officers arrived, and within minutes, the man was shot.

Just before 8 a.m., police were called to the Extended Stay Hotel. When officers arrived, they found the man within the hotel but not inside any of the rooms. Police say he looked as if he might have been passed out.

"Eventually, he came to," said Sgt. Jason Dwyer with the San Jose Police Department. "Officers began to give him commands. At that point, the suspect grabbed a weapon and displayed some time of behavior."

Dwyer said the officers took the behavior as a threat and "officers fired in self-defense at the suspect, hitting him multiple times."

The man, identified only as a person in his 20s, was not fatally wounded. The man was treated at a local hospital.

Beyond that, officers are not releasing any additional details. Information about what kind of weapno he might have, his actions that led up to the shooting and whether or not he was a guest at the hotel weren't made available.

Other guests slowly trickled out of the hotel throughotu the day but had little information as well. Hotel guest Aki Furuta said he heard yelling followed by the arrival of police five or six minutes later.

The shooting is the seventh for San Jose Police thi syear. The most recent shooting involved three police officers and a reserve officer at an incident at the Parkside Terrace Apartments on Wooster Avenue one week ago.

The suspect in that case was killed by police gunfire.

"Both the Sheriff's office and us have actually been involved in other officer-involved shootings lately," Dwyer said, "and the fact that it's not just one agency really goes tos how that if there's one thing that we're starting to see, it's an increase in violence toward police officers."

In Sunday's incident, neither of the responding officers were injured. Both are on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in an officer-involved shooting investigation.

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