Officer-involved shooting near Toys R Us in San Jose

The San Jose Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting incident that ended in the parking lot of a Toys R Us store, according to authorities. 

Shortly before 1 p.m., officers responded to Thornwood Way and Winfield Boulevard after getting the report that a car theft victim had spotted his stolen vehicle in the area. 

An employee of the victim told KTVU they were able to track the stolen Chevy Suburban by using the tracking system on the iPads inside the vehicle.

Officers arrived at the scene and located the victim's stolen vehicle being driven in the area of Blossom Hill Road near Almaden Expressway.  When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the car took off at high speed. 

The suspect driving the allegedly stolen vehicle began to ram occupied vehicles in addition to striking a patrol car. 

"Shots were fired in the direction of the suspect vehicle," explained Albert Morales of the San Jose Police Department.

The suspect vehicle eventually stopped in the parking lot of the Toys R Us store located at 1082 Blossom Hill Road.  The suspect exited the vehicle and ran into the store.

"All of a sudden, I looked over and his gun was drawn," said a witness named Frank, who saw police in the store. "And after that he [the officer] told us all to go out in front of the store."

The suspect was subsequently arrested inside the store.

Images of the suspect taken by witnesses at the scene show a young male covered in what appears to be a Toys R Us garment. The photos show the suspect being led to a paramedic truck with his hands fixed behind his back before he is placed on a stretcher.

There was no word on the suspect's condition, but he did not appear to be seriously injured.

"21 years old," said Christina, an employee of the victim whose car was stolen.

"Sorry," she said getting choked up. "I have a 21 year old. To have to make decisions like that, to steal. It's sad that he was a child!"

Police did not say whether the suspect was wounded by gunfire, only saying he was brought to the hospital to be treated for injuries..

By 5:30 p.m. the police tape was being collected from the parking lot and the stolen vehicle was being towed into evidence. 

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