VIDEO: Oakland firefighter killed in San Jose shooting identified


OAKLAND (KRON) — The firefighter killed in a shooting in San Jose has been identified as 30-year-old Jake Walter, according to the Oakland Fire Department.

Walter was one of two off-duty Oakland firefighters shot Thursday night in San Jose’s Japantown.

The other firefighter, a 26-year-old man, is in stable condition at a hospital.

The shooting happened at around 9:37 p.m. in 300 block of East Taylor St, according to police.

The two men graduated from the same fire academy class about four months ago.

They were out with other members of their graduating class when the shooting happened.

Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton says the two were confronted by a group of men when they left the event, which ended in both being shot.

Police have arrested 27-year-old Oliver Juinio, of San Jose, in connection with the shooting.

The City of Oakland has released the following statement:

Oakland, CA – The San Jose Police Department has arrested Oliver Juinio as a suspect in the shooting death of off-duty Oakland Firefighter Jake P. Walter and the shooting injury of a second off-duty Oakland firefighter, whose name is being withheld out of respect for his privacy. Anyone with information about the incident can contact the SJPD homicide unit at 408-277-5283 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

In keeping with his parent’s wishes, Firefighter Walter’s body will be transported this afternoon in a procession from San Jose to Oakland escorted by the California Highway Patrol, with multiple agencies participating in support of the Oakland Fire Department.

The firefighter who was injured in last night’s tragic incident remains in stable condition.

The Oakland Fire Department is grateful for the heartfelt condolences and well wishes from Oaklanders and people throughout the region, in addition to the outpouring of support being offered by fire service agencies and first responders from around the country. Anyone wishing to make monetary donations in support of the fallen and injured firefighters can do so by sending a check made out to: 1) Friends of Oakland Fire OR 2) Oakland Firefighters’ Local 55 Charity Fund. The mailing address for either organization is 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 3rd floor, Oakland, CA 94612.

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