San Jose police have identified the gunman who held a woman hostage Monday in a standoff that left both people dead and an officer wounded.
Leonel Acevedo, 45, forced Yolanda Najera, 53, into a Camden Avenue home at gunpoint just after 2pm Monday, according to the San Jose Police Department. Alerted by a 9-1-1 call, officers responded minutes later, surrounding the house and blocking off a quarter-mile stretch of Camden from El Paso to Ewer drives.
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Police negotiators, flanked by MERGE officers, tried to convince Acevedo to come out. When he finally emerged a few hours later, authorities said an officer shot and killed him after a quick exchange of gunfire.
Najera was found dead in the Cambrian neighborhood home. One of the officers, a 12-year SJPD veteran, suffered “a minor flesh wound.”
The motive and circumstances leading up to the killing remain under investigation. Acevedo knew Najera and lived at the Camden Avenue home until he was evicted in July, according to SJPD.
Investigators say Najera lived at Camden Ave. home where armed standoff occurred, and that Acevedo was a former resident of the home …
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The cop who shot Acevedo was placed on paid leave while the District Attorney’s Office investigates the incident, which is standard protocol when an officer fires a weapon. This marks SJPD’s 10th officer-involved shooting this year, six of which have been fatal.
Police urge anyone with information about the case to call Detective Ken Tran or Sgt. Pat Guirre of the SJPD Homicide Unit at 408.277.5283. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 408.947.7867 or submit a tip online.
— San Jose Police Dept (@SanJosePD) November 10, 2015