Police arrest person of interest in shooting death of local San Jose man
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SAN JOSE – The San Jose Police Department has announced the arrest of a suspect wanted in the shooting death of a 26-year-old San Jose resident near the 100 block of S. Jackson Street in San Jose. The shooting occurred just after 6:20 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017.
According to San Jose Police Sergeant Enrique Garcia, “Follow-up investigation by homicide detectives identified suspect Ivan Hernandez as the person responsible for the murder of victim Jesus Ayala.” Ayala-Melchori was outside a local strip mall when he was confronted by Hernandez.
When police responded to a call of a male being shot in the area, Ayala was found lying on the ground in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Ayala was taken to a local hospital for emergency medical care. Despite their efforts, Ayala died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
“On Thursday, December 28, 2017, the suspect was arrested in San Jose by the San Jose Police Department’s Covert Response Unit,” Garcia said. “Suspect Hernandez was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for murder.” Ayala-Melchor’s shooting death marked the city’s 25th homicide of the year.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jesus Mendoza or Detective Todd Jennings of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.
Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867). Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.