San Jose police shot and killed a suspect over the weekend following a police pursuit through South San Jose.
Police say that at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a patrol officer spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area of Union and Bascom avenues and attempted to make a traffic stop. Rather than pulling over, police say, the driver took off at a high rate of speed.
The officer opted not to give chase out of concern for public safety, but located the vehicle a short time later. Investigators allege that the suspect spotted the patrol car and rammed it with his own vehicle head-on. It was then that the officer gave chase and noted that the suspect appeared to be brandishing a handgun.
A call for backup resulted in additional officers joining the chase during which the suspect was seen throwing multiple items out the window of his car. The pursuit made its way onto southbound Highway 85 where the suspect attempted to drive against traffic.
Police say a second collision with the patrol officer occurred, slowing the suspect down. Additional responding officers were able to box the suspect vehicle in and drew their weapons, believing that the suspect was posing a danger to the community. By the time the suspect exited the vehicle, he had both hands in the waistband of his pants, indicating to officers that he could have been reaching for a weapon. Officers fired and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. He has since been identified as 28-year-old Ronald Aduddell of San Jose.
As per department policy, the two officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated. This is the first officer-involved shooting of the year.
Police say a weapon was not found on the suspect or in his vehicle and are asking for the public to notify them if they find a handgun in or near a roadway between the Bascom/Union area and the Blossom/Calero area.
Anyone with information on this case or the whereabouts of the possible weapon is urged to contact Detective Sgt. Dave Gutierrez or Det. Liz Checke at (408) 277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408) 947-7867 and may be eligible for a reward.