San Jose nightclub shooting lands man in jail www.privateofficer.com
SAN JOSE CA April 3 2012 – A San Jose police officer shot at an armed suspect inside a bar, authorities said Monday.
The incident began when a fight broke out inside Richard’s Bar on Alum Rock Avenue, prompting security personnel to activate a silent robbery alarm about 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
Officers arrived and were speaking with security when a suspect in the fight, Gabriel Lorenzo, 38, of San Jose came into the bar while armed with a gun, said San Jose police Officer Jose Garcia. Lorenzo opened fire inside the bar, injuring a patron, before leaving through a back door with a gun, Garcia said.
Police ordered Lorenzo to drop the gun, but he refused, prompting one officer to fire at the suspect, Garcia said. Lorenzo wasn’t hit and was arrested without incident, police said. He was booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of several counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
The injured victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Garcia said.
The officer who fired his weapon, who has nearly 11 years on the force, was not identified. He and an officer who witnessed the shooting were placed on routine paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
The incident happened eight days after San Jose police Officer Ian Cooley shot at Cesare Lazzarino, 27, of San Jose after the suspect drew a handgun on Snowberry Court after a disturbance involving a family, police said. Lazzarino was not struck by gunfire, authorities said.