Suspect Shot by Sheriff in Saratoga Dies

The corner of the 12000 block of Saratoga Avenue where an officer-involved shooting occurred at around noon Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 in Saratoga. Courtesy screenshot Maps.Google.Com
The corner of the 12000 block of Saratoga Avenue where an officer-involved shooting occurred at around noon Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 in Saratoga. Courtesy screenshot Maps.Google.Com
A man described as distressed and suicidal died Tuesday after being shot by a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy during a confrontation in Saratoga at around noon.

In a press release issued late Tuesday evening, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said the man was shot by the deputy striking him in the chest after he became agitated, pulled a blunt metal object and attacked near the intersection of Saratoga and McFarland avenues.

The man, whose identity has not been released yet, struck one of two deputies present with the metal object and the deputy who was hit feared for his life and fired his weapon once.

The suspect was still combative and had to be restrained before medical aid could be rendered and county fire and emergency medical services personnel transported him to an area hospital where he died, Stenderup said.

The two deputies involved in the altercation with the suspect were treated and released from an area hospital due to injuries sustained during the confrontation, Stenderup added.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is monitoring the investigation into the shooting, he said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Homicide investigators at 408-808-4431.

Colleen Murphy December 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Suicide by Cop.
Thomas Tran December 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM
What's the blunt metal object? Is it something that can actually, and realistically used as a lethal weapon on two officers?
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM
@Thomas Tran, I asked Sgt. Stenderup the question regarding the "blunt metal object" and he said he doesn't know what it is as he hasn't seen it and that information has not been disclosed yet to him.
MichaelJ December 11, 2013 at 01:09 PM
It is ironic that Saratoga was just named as a Safest City Award... unless you run into someone from the Sheriff's office...
Thomas Tran December 11, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Thanks Sheila for looking into it. We want our streets safe for both sides of the killing.
Marilyn Leonard December 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
There seem to be a disturbing number of officer-related shootings lately.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 11, 2013 at 04:55 PM
What makes any of us think it's Safe anywhere!?!? We Live In A Broken World! LIFE HAPPENS, NO ONE IS EXEPT!
Jesse Kimbrel December 11, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Thanks for the update on this story Sheila - would seem to be a rare and unfortunate occurrence in Saratoga.
Mckenna Smith December 11, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Question will be was this deadly force justified??? Tired of reading about mentally ill people being killed by cops!!!
Bill Gates December 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Why are these cops getting away with this lately? The man needed help not death. One man without a gun and deadly force is used. Does anyone else see a problem here? They shot a 61 year old lady last month in San Jose and killed her. Believe what you will, but the Sheriffs are the only armed gang around here....
Parthenia M. Hicks December 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM
It is not a crime to be mentally ill. When will there be training in how to mediate a situation like this without immediately pulling out a gun? I recognize that law enforcement puts its life on the line, but now it seems that our citizens risk putting theirs on the line by calling out for help.


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