San Jose Police Shoot Naked, Erratic Man Following Car Chase
(BANT) – A man who was naked and acting erratically is in critical condition this morning after being shot by police in West San Jose Friday afternoon.
The incident started around 1:30 p.m. when police responded to a call about the man in the street at Valerie Drive and Eva Court, near San Tomas Park, San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.
After police arrived and tried to make contact with the man, he fled in a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck, running into a police car and starting a high-speed pursuit in the process.
The man was also involved in at least one crash with a citizen during the pursuit, Garcia said. The man eventually sped west down Stevens Creek Boulevard east of Lawrence Expressway before crashing the partially disabled truck head-on into a police SUV blocking the driveway to the Villa Shopping Center.
At least two officers then fired about a dozen shots at the man, according to United Towing employee James Shaw, who said he witnessed the shooting from across the street.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose police homicide unit are investigating. No officers were injured.