Suspect wielding knife fatally shot by SJSU police officer


A suspect wielding a large knife was shot and killed by a San Jose State University police officer near the school’s campus late this morning, a San Jose police spokesman said.


SJSU police were initially dispatched at about 11 a.m. on a report of a male suspect with a large knife near South Eighth and East San Salvador streets, San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.

Two campus police officers arrived and tried to get the suspect to give up the knife but he refused, Morales said.

The suspect then charged at the officers with the knife, prompting one officer to use his Taser stun gun on him. The man continued at the officers and the second officer fired his service weapon, striking him,

according to Morales.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward, Morales said. He said the officers were not injured in the incident.

The suspect’s name and age were not immediately being released, Morales said.

The shooting occurred just south of the SJSU campus and there is “nothing to believe it’s a student” who was shot, Morales said.

San Jose police are still investigating the shooting and are seeking people who may have witnessed it.

East San Salvador Street remained closed this afternoon between South Seventh and Ninth streets.

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