A man who walked into a San Jose home on Thursday morning and allegedly started stabbing people was fatally shot by police officers after after allegedly ramming a patrol car, police said.
The incident began at about 10:35 a.m. when the suspect, who has not yet been identified, allegedly stabbed three people in the 2100 block of Luz Avenue, police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol said.
The stabbing victims' injuries are considered serious but not life threatening, Randol said.
The suspect then carjacked a vehicle in the 100 block of Jackson Avenue, police said. Officers in pursuit of the suspect tried to stop the carjacked vehicle, which was at one point driving the wrong way on an Interstate 680, police said, but the driver wouldn't stop.
San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol said the pursuit ended when officers spotted the suspect's vehicle about 10:50 a.m. near Mabury Road and Kirk Glen Drive in East San Jose. According to police, after the suspect rammed a patrol car, the suspect exited the vehicle and began moving toward police, at which point officers opened fire.
The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. The man's identity was not immediately released.
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San Jose police homicide detectives are investigating the case.
Neighbors witnessed the incident.
"He tried to do a U-turn into the cop car to hit the cop car, and the cops started shooting at him," neighbor Katrina Orta said. Orta was interpreting what her deaf sister Serena Orta was saying.
Another neighbor, Michael Phan, heard the shots.
"Actually, I was inside the home and suddenly, I hear the shot," Phan said. "I heard pop, pop."
Neighbors said they saw the minivan crash into a tree.
"[My sister] thought it was crazy," Katrina Orta said. "She's never seen nothing like that before."
Police said they had to stop him before he killed someone.
Neighbor Robert Newman said the suspect's minivan hit his parked truck before it hit the tree.
"It was a police action," Newman said. "It was something that needed to be done. I'm glad they were on top of it and took care of it."
Phan said he was planning on cutting down the tree, but he now believes it prevented the minivan from going into his home.
"I think [I feel] relieved," he said. "Now, I can take the whole family out and have a happy Thanksgiving and get some turkey."
Investigators said they are still trying to figure out why the suspect went on this crime spree on Thanksgiving day.
Earlier on Thursday, San Jose police were investigating two other shootings, one of a young couple on a porch on State Street at 4 a.m., and another about 2 a.m. in the 2200 block of Dobern Avenue.
No suspects were taken into custody in those two shootings, and all the victims are expected to survive.
First published November 29 2013, 3:37 PM