VIDEO: Police shoot, kill man armed with ax in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Police are investigating after an officer shot and killed a man early Sunday morning in San Jose, police said.

Around 12:35 a.m., officers responded to Donner Lofts Studio Apartments at 158 East Saint John St. on a report of a disturbance involving a tenant in an apartment complex, according to San Jose police spokesman Sergeant Enrique Garcia.

At the scene, officers confronted the suspect who was inside the building.

The suspect refused to open the door and flames and smoke were coming from the building, police said.

Officers forced entry into the building where they were confronted by two suspects, one of which was immediately arrested, police said.

The other was armed with an ax, prompting officers to use a taser.

Police say the taser had no effect on the suspect.

At least one shot was fired, and the suspect was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries a short time later, police said.

He had previously been committed to a mental institution, according to San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later, Garcia said in a statement.

Police say their investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally set by one of the suspects in an attempt to deter officers from the scene.

No officers were injured and there are no outstanding suspects, police said.

The officer who shot the suspect will be placed on routine paid administrative leave, Garcia said.

This is the fourth officer-involved shooting in San Jose this month, and the sixth one in 2017.

East Saint John St. is closed between 4th and 5th streets.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police Department are conducting a joint criminal investigation.

The case is being monitored by the police internal affairs unit, the City Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Independent Police Auditor.

Anyone with information is asked to contact San Jose police detectives Mike Montonye or Jason Tanner at (408) 277-5283.

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