SAN JOSE (KRON) — Sheriff’s deputies in San Jose handled two pursuits and a hostage situation Thursday night involving a UPS truck driver and two suspects.
As of 6:20 p.m., the hostage was safe, the sheriff’s department said via Twitter, though an armed suspect was still inside the vehicle. The agency said the suspect shot at deputies, but no officers were hurt.
One of the suspects was later shot by law enforcement and friends told KRON4 he has died, though law enforcement has yet to confirm.
Update: Hostage is safe and has been rescued. Suspect is still in the vehicle and has shot at deputies during the pursuit. Suspect is armed and dangerous. Please avoid area. pic.twitter.com/IafnucsOAP— SantaClaraCoSheriff (@SCCoSheriff) February 15, 2019
The department said the ordeal began around 5 p.m. Thursday when they came across the two suspects in a stolen black SUV.
As deputies tried to make contact with the suspects, they took off, starting a pursuit.
During the pursuit, the suspects fire multiple gunshots at the deputies, hitting at least one sheriff’s car.
At that point, police say the suspects got out of the SUV and began running on foot near Curtner and Communications Hill Boulevard in San Jose.
While fleeing, the suspects came across a UPS truck — they then stole the truck, holding the truck driver hostage, according to the sheriff’s department.
Officials say that’s when a second pursuit began near Chynoweyh Avenue and Pearl Avenue.
The pursuit began at that intersection — but the vehicle later stopped near 1st Street and Trimble, where some sort of standoff started with deputies.
One female suspect was taken into police custody, according to the sheriff’s office, but the second suspect and UPS driver were still inside the truck at that point.
Update: one female suspect in custody. We have a hostage situation with a UPS truck driver. More details to come.— SantaClaraCoSheriff (@SCCoSheriff) February 15, 2019
The sheriff’s department said negotiators were able to rescue the driver.
The other suspect was eventually shot by law enforcement — and his friends say he died as result of the shooting.
This is developing, check back for updates
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