Gilroy police responding to domestic violence call fatally shoot suspect

GILROY (KRON, BCN) — A man allegedly hurt a woman believed to be his girlfriend before he was fatally shot by police Monday evening in Gilroy, police said.

Police said they fatally shot a suspect thought to be involved in a domestic violence incident, a captain said.

Around 7 p.m. police received reports of a violent confrontation between a man and a woman at an apartment in the 6800 block of Filbro Drive, according to Capt. Joseph Deras. The caller said a woman was hiding from the suspect, believed to be her boyfriend, according to Deras.

Once the suspect found the woman, he grabbed her, pulled her hair and the caller suspected he was threatening her, Deras said.

Officers arriving at the scene parked their vehicle and approached the apartment. When they were in the vicinity of a carport, a man exited the apartment, according to Deras.

The first officer on scene heard a disturbance and was confronted by the suspect, who charged at him, according to Deras.

One of the officers subsequently opened fire, fatally striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel, Deras said.

“The officer believed he was facing a lethal encounter,” Deras said in a statement.

Additional officers provided medical care to the suspect until emergency responders arrived, but the suspect died of his injuries at the scene, according to Deras.

As of 11:15 p.m. the officer had not yet been interviewed, and it was unclear what transpired between the officers and the suspect prior to the fatal shooting.

The officer, a 4-year veteran of the force, was not injured or identified. The officer was placed on administrative leave, which is county protocol in an officer-involved shooting, Deras said.

Officers are issued body-worn cameras and police will review any audio or video recordings of the incident, according to Deras.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is monitoring the investigation, police said.

The suspect has not yet been identified, and information about his relationship to the woman involved in the domestic violence call that precipitated Monday evening’s shooting was not immediately available.

Anyone with information on the case is asked call police Detective Eric Cryar at (408) 846-0350.

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