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CrimeNew details emerge on fatal shooting of 19-year-old by Milpitas Police officer

New details emerge on fatal shooting of 19-year-old by Milpitas Police officer

New information has come to light from the Milpitas Police Department (MPD) about an incident from yesterday, June 21, wherein officers responded to reports of a stabbing and fatally gunned down the suspect as he charged wielding a knife.

The attacker was 19 years old. He had stabbed his stepfather, age 34, before a uniformed MPD officer showed up on the scene (the time from call to arrival was under 2 minutes). 

The 19-year-old’s weapon was a large kitchen knife. When the officer arrived, the attacker was outside the apartment unit where the stabbing had occurred. Initially, the officer initiated a verbal dialogue wherein he tried repeatedly to get the man to drop his weapon. 

According to police, the suspect did not appear to have difficulty hearing. Rather than comply, though, he walked away. At that time, another MPD officer emerged in the area to which the man was headed. 

Changing directions, the attacker ran toward the initial officer, yelling out the words “Kill me!” The second officer tried using a taser on him, but it failed. The suspect continued running, knife in hand. 

The first officer drew his gun and fired. 

The two officers then placed the fallen man under arrest and began to administer medical aid. Soon paramedics showed up and worked to save his life. An ambulance then took him to the hospital, where he died. 

His stabbing victim also briefly received hospital care. That man survived and was sent home to recover. 

Police continue to investigate the incident. Amid public questioning, the MPD has pledged “to release the body worn camera video footage as soon as practical.”



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). From 2020 to 2024, he co-hosted the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio.


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