SJ: auto burglary suspect shot by resident

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Police are investigating a vehicle burglary that resulted in a shooting early this morning in South San Jose.

At about 1:28 a.m. police received a report of gunshots heard in the 1100 block of Coleman Road near Almaden Expressway.

The reporting party explained that he confronted a suspect who was breaking into his father’s vehicle. He attempted to detain the suspect, but the suspect ran toward a waiting vehicle, police said.

The suspect got into vehicle and drove away, almost striking the reporting party, according to police.

Police said the suspect vehicle stopped a short distance away and a passenger exited the vehicle. The suspect appeared to draw a weapon from his waistband and the reporting party, fearing for his safety, fired at the suspect, police said.

The suspect got back into the vehicle and fled the scene, police said.

The reporting party reported the incident to police. The suspect vehicle was located near Starwood and Throntree drives, near Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, police said.

According to police, the suspect vehicle had been reported stolen out of San Jose.

A suspect was located lying on the ground about a block away from the vehicle suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said.

He was transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries not considered life-threatening. He will be booked into the Santa Clara County Jail once he is released from the hospital, police said.

The reporting party was interviewed at the San Jose Police Department.

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