Two San Jose officers injured during shooting with DV suspect (but the bad guy got shot too)

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SAN JOSE, CA - Late last Thursday night, chaos erupted in a South San Jose hotel when two police officers confronted an armed man during a domestic violence call.

The situation quickly escalated into a shootout, leaving both officers injured and the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Kevin Briones, wounded.

According to San Jose police, the incident unfolded around 10:30 p.m. at a hotel on San Ignacio Avenue. Officers were responding to a disturbance call involving a woman and her children— ages eight, 10 and 15 who were sheltering from a man they feared.

"In this case, a mother and children were sheltering on the other side of a thin motel door from a known man who had recently committed violence on them," Acting Chief Paul Joseph said.

Officers responded to the hotel and made their way to the mother's room on the third floor. The man, later identified as Briones, had a history of violence and was reportedly armed. When officers approached Briones, he allegedly fired at them, striking both officers.

In response, the officers returned fire and eventually subdued Briones, who attempted to flee by leaping from a third-story window. Despite sustaining injuries from the gunshot and the fall, Briones was apprehended by additional officers shortly after.

Officer Joseph Desroches was recently released from the hospital, while Officer Jaime Arredondo is still there in critical but stable condition. 

Police later discovered that Briones had warrants for his arrest, including one for violating probation and another for a previous domestic violence incident involving the same family, including sex crimes.

"He shouldn’t have been on the street," San Jose Police Officers' Association Vice President Sgt. Catherine Alvarez said of Briones. At what time or at what stake is somebody going to be held accountable for their actions?" 

“Today I am thankful our officers survived a gun battle with a very bad individual, for them stepping in the line of fire to ensure the safety of a mother and her children,” acting San Jose Police Chief Paul Joseph said Friday. “I know that I could easily be here delivering very different news today.”

San Jose Police Chief Paul Joseph emphasized the gravity of the situation, noting that in the past 15 months alone, 12 officers have been targeted by gunfire, resulting in five injuries.

“Only by the grace of God are we fortunate enough that those officers remain with us alive today,” Joseph said.

The swift and courageous actions of law enforcement personnel undoubtedly prevented a potential tragedy, highlighting their unwavering commitment to protecting the community.

"When officers contacted the mother and children hiding in the hotel room, it became apparent that their lives were likely saved by the responding officers," Chief Joseph said.
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