Two San Jose officer involved shootings – just miles apart – early Friday morning left one armed suspect wounded and a second in custody, authorities said.
San Jose police Officer Albert Morales the timing of the two shootings was “purely coincidental.”
“The two are not related,” he told KTVU.
Morales said the first shooting took place at about 1 a.m. after officers spotted a car suspected of being connected to a robbery in the area of King Road and Alum Rock Avenue.
After a failed attempt at a traffic stop, where a passenger jumped out and escaped on foot, the car fled at a high rate of speed with officers in pursuit. The car ultimately crashed in the area of Wilshire Boulevard and King Road, less than a half mile away.
“The officers attempted to approach the vehicle,” Morales said. “The vehicle proceeded to try and strike the officers. One officer discharged his firearm and struck the driver of the vehicle. The driver sustained at least one gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital.”
Morales said the second shooting took place at 4:44 a.m. when a 911 came in reporting an armed robbery at the Safeway at San Carlos and Meridian Ave.
According to police, a Safeway employee reported that a male attempted to take a pack of beer from the store without paying. When the employee confronted the suspect, the suspect brandished a large black handgun at the employee.
The employee ran out of the store uninjured.
Responding officers were told there was a man brandishing a firearm nearby at the intersection of San Carlos and Lincoln.
“An officer approached the man, gave him instructions and noticed he was displaying a firearm,” Morales said. “The officer felt threatened and discharged his firearm…The suspect was not shoot.”
Once the shots were fired, Morales said, the suspect fell to the ground and surrendered.
The suspect was subsequently booked into jail for armed robbery, felony brandishing a weapon at an occupied vehicle, and felony brandishing a weapon at a peace officer.
After the shooting, officers learned that the suspect's weapon was a black "Airsoft" pistol that had an identical appearance to a real black revolver.
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