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SAN JOSE — In an attempt to deal with a troubled 28-year-old man, the San Jose Police Department ended up having to shoot the suspect who, armed with multiple knives, charged at a 15-year veteran officer.
According to San Jose Officer Albert Morales, “On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at approximately 11:35 PM, San Jose officers responded to the 1500 block of Mt. Frazier Drive on a report of a family disturbance.” It was when SJPD Officers approached the suspect that he lunged after San Jose Police Officer Mario Martinez with a knife in each hand.
28-year-old Joseph Tourino was identified by police as the knife welding suspect. Morales said, “Tourino charged at one of the officers while holding a large knife raised over his head.”
Fearing for his life, SJPD Officer Martinez fired multiple rounds at the suspect, hitting him at least once. According to Morales, “The suspect was transported to a local area hospital and pronounced deceased.”
The officer will be placed on routine paid administrative leave. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit are conducting a joint criminal investigation. The case is being monitored by the San Jose Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit, the City Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Independent Police Auditor.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant John Barg #3640 or Detective Wayne Smith #3487 of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867).