Police shoot, kill woman after misidentifying her as attempted murder suspect

SFGate | 12/28/2018 | Bay City News Service
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Officers began following Vasquez's car after the shooting and determined it was stolen after running the license plate through their system.

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Woman - Car - Police - Christmas - Morning

A 24-year-old woman allegedly driving a stolen car was shot and killed by police early Christmas morning in San Jose after they misidentified her as the suspect in a shooting.

Family and friends of San Jose resident Jennifer Vasquez called the shooting of her by officers an "unjustified murder."

Chase - Am - Tuesday - Area - Clemence

The chase began at 2:09 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Clemence Avenue and Story Road. Police responded to gunshots and found two adults suffering from at least one gunshot wound each, and shell casings from a handgun at the scene.

San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia said during a news conference today that witnesses pointed out a white Toyota Camry on southbound Clemence Avenue and said, "that way, they shot." An officer saw the car going west on Owsley Avenue from Clemence and broadcast the description.

Officers - Vasquez - Car - License - Plate

Officers began following Vasquez's car and determined it was stolen after running the license plate through their system.

Police then pursued the car in a high-speed chase that lasted about seven minutes before Vasquez lost control of the car and crashed into a chain-link fence in the area of Fruitdale and Leigh avenues next to Sherman Oaks Elementary School.

Vasquez - Backward - Forward - Effort - Car

Vasquez then allegedly drove backward and forward in an effort to remove the car from the fence, eventually positioning the vehicle to ram into a patrol car. Garcia said police officers were standing outside their cars and took her actions as a threat to their lives.

Four police officers began shooting at the driver and...
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