Police: Standoff Ends In Apparent Suspect Suicide

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Police say a suspected car thief wrestled an officer's gun away, fired at the officer and later killed himself after a six-hour standoff at a gas station.

San Jose police did not identify the 23-year-old suspect, but say on Friday he was in a car that was reported stolen in Washington state. Police say the car was filled with assault rifle magazines, a flak jacket and a military helmet.

Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Sullivan says an officer confronted the suspect, and that a struggle occurred outside of the vehicle. Police say the suspect grabbed the officer's gun and fired at the officer, not hitting him.

Sullivan says the suspect next fled into a nearby gas station, where a second officer shot at and possibly hit him.

Later, a SWAT team fired concussion grenades inside the station and police stormed in.

Police say the suspect was found dead inside a bathroom from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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Information from: San Jose Mercury News,
http://www.sjmercury.com

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