Leonel Acevedo in a photo released by San Jose Police
SAN JOSE – According to Officer Albert Morales of the San Jose Police Department, “On Monday, November 9, 2015 at approximately 2:18 P.M., San Jose Police “911” dispatch received a call regarding a male with a gun who forcefully entered a residence on the 4400 block of Camden Avenue.”
Arriving officers set up a perimeter around the area of the residence and blocked off roadways. Special Operations Unit was called in to assist and they took over perimeter positions from patrol officers. Evacuation of homes in the surrounding area was initiated.
At approximate 5:05 P.M., the suspect exited the residence armed with a least one handgun. The suspect, later identified as Leonel Acevedo, fired shots in the direction of officers. One officer returned fire and struck the suspect. The suspect was pronounced deceased a short time later.
As officers were searching the residence they located a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The victim, later identified as Yolanda Najera, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
During the incident an officer was struck by gunfire and sustained a minor flesh wound. The officer, a 12 year veteran of the police department, was subsequently transported to a local area hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury.
The motive and circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. However, the suspect and the victim were known to each other. It was later determined the suspect Acevedo formerly lived at the residence on Camden Avenue as a renter, and that the victim was the homeowner who had rented a room to him.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Guire or Detective Tran of the SJPD Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.