SAN JOSE, Calif – The area of Great Oaks Drive near Blossom Hill became the scene of a deadly confrontation between officers and a known 20-30 year old suspect who was suffering from a manic episode. The suspect threw bottles at officers and then ran behind a fence. The yelling soon escalated with the suspect breaking down the fence after destroying furniture inside the garage of the home he had rented a room in.
The homeowner said “He was a quiet guy”. Family members in the home had never seen him get angry or fight with anyone before. “I have never seen any trouble like that from him,” he said.
Lieutenant Lagorio, an 18-year-veteran with the San Jose Police Department, said, “Officers responded to a disturbance between residences”. San Jose Police responded to the scene where a white male suspect had gotten into a verbal argument with neighbors and then starting fighting with them. Lagorio said, “A physical confrontation ended with one gentlemen throwing bottles and a hammer, whatever he could find”.
Earlier reports by neighbors calling 9-1-1 dispatchers reported seeing the suspect running after cars while raising his hands in the air as if he wanted to say something, at around 8:30 PM. However, after one pulled over to see what was wrong, the suspect walked away, and then walked up to a nearby mailbox and began to hit it with his fists.
The suspect was locked out from the home during the attack against officers. He harassed and taunted the officers as he destroyed furniture inside the garage area of the home. The suspect then began to break down the side fence. Witnesses stood by to watch the suspect as he threw empty bottles at officers, and eventually took his aggression on the side gate entrance to the backyard. Lagorio said, “Officers kept their distance from the mentally disturbed suspect as he threw fence boards into the street,” Soon responding teams used non-lethal 40 mm rubber bullets to try and subdue the suspect. He was hit at least once, but the effects were minimal.
After a two hour standoff the suspect then began to jump from rooftop to rooftop. SJPD’s Merge METRO unit responded with a K-9 Unit to help locate the suspect, who had jumped on the roofs of four homes from where the incident first occurred.
The suspect was injured and bleeding from hitting objects, climbing fences and jumping from roof to roof. The San Jose Police helicopter was also called in to help assist at the scene when officers were unable to locate him while he was jumping onto another roof. Officers shouted out, “There he is!”. A non-lethal round was fired at the suspect to try and stun him before he climbed onto the next roof top. Up to ten non-lethal rounds were fired during the incident. The suspect yelled out, “Ha! Ha! You missed – now what?”
The suspect suffered from injuries after scraping his legs jumping over fence lines and roof tops. Lagorio said. “He finally came down and walked to the front of the home and laid down for us”. The incident ended a short time after midnight. The suspect was taken to the hospital by an ambulance to be treated for his injuries. A cover unit followed to help interview the suspect and take a report. SJPD Officers confirmed that they had fired upon the suspect and hit the suspect with a non-lethal single shot 40mm rubber bullet gun, but they also confirmed that they had missed several times. No officers were injured during the incident.
The suspect was later identified as Jacob Jorge Davis, 26.
Crime Scene photos by Amy Nilson