VIDEO: Naked man who led police chase in critical condition after San Jose officers open fire


SAN JOSE (KRON) -- San Jose police fired on a suspect after he crashed during a pursuit Friday afternoon, according to a witness.

Major police activity was happening Friday afternoon on Stevens Creek Boulevard and Lawrence Expressway in San Jose.

Police responded to a call reporting a naked man acting erratically in the street at Valerie Drive and Eva Court, near San Tomas Park, San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.

After police arrived and tried to make contact with the man, he fled in a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck, running into a police car and starting a high-speed pursuit in the process.

About 10 police cars were chasing a Dodge Ram pickup west on Stevens Creek Boulevard sometime after 1:30 p.m., according to James Shaw, an employee with United Towing who said he witnessed the shooting from across the street.

The man eventually sped west down Stevens Creek Boulevard east of Lawrence Expressway before crashing the partially disabled truck head-on into a police SUV blocking the driveway to the Villa Shopping Center.

As they passed the Villa Shopping Center the Ram crashed into a police SUV blocking the entrance to the mall.

Police then fired about a dozen shots at the Ram driver, according to Shaw.

Police at the scene said the driver survived the shooting but police have otherwise provided few details.

The male suspect is in critical condition at a hospital after being shot at by police in West San Jose.

The man was also involved in at least one crash with a citizen during the pursuit, Garcia said.

At least two officers then fired about a dozen shots at the man, according to United Towing employee James Shaw, who said he witnessed the shooting from across the street.

The activity was happening near a Safeway and Panda Express.


The road was completely shut down.

Foothill-De Anza police say the police action is over in San Jose, and there is no threat to safety.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and the San Jose police homicide unit are investigating the shooting, Garcia said.

Stevens Creek Boulevard was shut down for the investigation.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Bay City News contributed to this report.Ground video of the police chase was shot by Atsushi Kumagai.

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