San Jose police officers engaged in two deadly confrontations within 24 hours Sunday and Monday when they killed suspects connected to the same homicide investigation, marking the city’s third and fourth officer-involved shootings in nine days.
Police on Monday attributed the rash of incidents to a growing number of suspects confronting officers and said they’ve told their officers to be on heightened alert.
Officers in Hayward and San Jose have died at the hands of suspects this year, both in apparent ambushes.
“We’ve seen a trend where officers are being taken on by suspects.
Officers have to react to that threat,” police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.
“Police are here to protect the public. But people need to understand that officers are on edge because there’s been an increase in attacks nationwide and locally on police officers.”