A suspect is in custody after shooting a police officer who was responding to a family disturbance at a home on Auzerais Avenue Wednesday.
According to the San Jose Police Department, the injured female officer was taken to the hospital. She is stable but in critical condition.
The suspect, identified as Gabriel Mario Carreras, 44, was taken into custody.
On Wednesday, at around 8:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Auzerais Avenue after receiving a 911 call. A woman was reporting that her drunk husband tried to hit her.
SJPD Chief Anthony Mata said two officers were sent to the resident but were “ambushed” as the suspect opened fire from a balcony.
One officer was shot.
Dozens of police officers were immediately at the scene and blocked off Meridian Avenue. The suspect exited the residence and was arrested after a 4-hour standoff.
The suspect’s wife was uninjured and officers recovered a gun from the scene.
Mata said Carreras is a convicted felon on active felony probation.
“I am praying for the swift recovery of our San Jose PD officer who was shot this morning while responding to a domestic violence call,” Mayor Matt Mahan wrote. “She is currently at the hospital, and my thoughts are with her family during this unimaginably difficult time.”
Although a suspect is in custody, police are advising people to continue to avoid the area. Officers are expected to remain on the scene for some time.