A routine light rail patrol exploded into a downtown shootout and high-speed chase Friday night, after a man shot at an officer and carjacked a vehicle, according to the San Jose Police Department.
Two patrol officers approached a group of men on a light rail train around 11:22pm to ask if they had paid their fares. Several of them said they had not, so the officers told them to pay up at the next stop. All but one of the men complied, according to SJPD Sgt. Enrique Garcia.
One took off running, leading officers on a foot chase. The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot at the cops, police said. One officer shot back, but the man kept running.
After a failed carjacking, the suspect succeeded in a second attempt at a parking garage, police said. Police followed the alleged gunman onto the freeway, where the California Highway Patrol joined the chase.
Police said the suspect tried to drive into an officer at Carling Court and Edenview Drive. Fearing for his life, that officer also shot at the driver but missed, police said.
The chase ended when the suspect crashed into another car on Almaden Expressway, near Branham Lane, and fled on foot, according to police. The suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, as were two people in the car he hit. Police said none of the suspect’s, crash victims’ or officers’ injuries came from gunfire.
Police are still investigating the incident. Per protocol, both officers who fired shots have been placed on paid leave, while the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office oversees an investigation into the incident.
After his treatment at the hospital, the suspect will be booked at the Main Jail on charges of attempted homicide on a peace officer, carjacking and felony reckless evading.