A 29-year-old San Jose resident trespassing on the train tracks in San Jose is in the hospital Wednesday night after being shot by a sheriff's deputy.
The shooting occurred during evening rush hour along the train tracks on Lenzen Avenue near the Diridon Station in downtown San Jose.
The man was first spotted at around 5 p.m. laying on the train tracks.
"The deputy encountered that individual, they had a verbal exchange and that person began fleeing from the deputy on foot," said San Jose Police Sergeant Jason Dwyer.
Police said he then ran from the San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy, arming himself with things on the ground along the way. The deputy called for backup while he continued to track the trespasser who police say was growing more aggressive.
"He was continuously arming himself, armed with rock or rocks and possibly a metal spike," said Dwyer.
Three more sheriff's deputies arrived and the foot pursuit continued along the tracks for more than 400 yards.
The confrontation between the deputies and the suspicious man came to an end at about 5:15 p.m.
"At some point the suspect displayed some type of behaviour toward the officers. The San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy believed his safety and that of the other deputies and he fired several rounds and the suspect was struck twice," added Dwyer.
Police said the deputies pursued the hostile man for more than 12 minutes before the shots were fired.
"That tells me that they were trying to talk to him, trying to reason with him," said Dwyer.
The shooting and investigation brought Caltrain service to a standstill for an hour and half between the Santa Clara and San Jose Diridon station with bus service provided instead.
Given the man's behavior police, were looking into whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The man was transported to Valley Medical Center by ambulance to be treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, police said. The man will be booked on suspicion of assault-related charges, but the specific charges have not been determined, police said.
The deputies were not injured.
Because the investigation was along the Caltrain tracks, Caltrain service going through the area was temporarily halted, and buses were used instead, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. The tracks were reopened after about an hour, and regular service was resumed by 9 p.m.
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