SAN JOSE (BCN, KRON) — A 21-year-old man in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday in South San Jose, after allegedly stealing a car and crashing it into other cars, was arraigned Wednesday, according to police and the district attorney’s office.
Matthew Paz appeared at the Hall of Justice in San Jose Thursday before Superior Court Judge Allison Danner in a brown jail uniform, his arms folded.
He was arraigned on five felony charges including three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing injury and being in possession of a stolen vehicle, Deputy District Attorney Brandon Cabrera said.
Paz is also facing a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, according to Cabrera.
The judge granted Cabrera’s request to set Paz’s bail at $250,000, a higher amount than the scheduled $111,000 bail, due to the defendant’s previous failures to appear in court and “serious nature of the case.”
He is scheduled for a plea hearing on Jan. 6.On Tuesday shortly before 1 p.m., officers responded to a report from a man who had seen his Chevrolet Suburban stolen earlier that day in the area of Thornwood Drive and Winfield Boulevard, police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.
Police responded to the area, where they found Paz driving the car on Blossom Hill Road by Almaden Expressway and attempted to stop him, Garcia said.
Paz, who was on probation, allegedly rammed three different cars at red lights on purpose while attempting to evade officers, Cabrera said.
One of the responding officers fired shots at Paz out of concern for public safety, police said.
The officer was identified as Brent Osborn, who has three years of law enforcement experience and was placed on paid administrative leave, police said.
A child who was inside one of the three cars was transported to a hospital, according to Cabrera.
“We’re just thankful that no one was seriously, seriously injured,” Cabrera said.
One of the three vehicles was a marked police patrol car, police said.The suspect drove away to a nearby Toys “R” Us store where he fled from the vehicle and ran inside the store, according to Cabrera.
There were four bullet holes on the driver’s door of the stolen vehicle, which had front and rear-end damage.
Paz allegedly got hold of an employee’s shirt and attempted to disguise himself, but police were able to quickly detain and arrest him, Cabrera said.
Paz, a San Jose resident, was transported to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot graze injury before he was booked into Santa Clara County Jail, according to police.
Christina, a friend of the Suburban owner and who declined to give her last name, said the SUV was stolen from outside the Pump It Up amusement center at 1830 Hillsdale Ave. at about noon Tuesday.
The Suburban owner used a tracking app on an iPad left in the vehicle to track it to Thornwood and Winfield, where her boyfriend called police, according to Christina.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Raul Martinez or Detective Jorge Santiago at (408) 277-5283. Anonymous tips can be made to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.