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Pursuant to Cal Govt. Code Sect 6254(f)
San Jose Police Department
Media Relations Unit
201 W. Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110
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**UPDATE 3-26-15: SJPD Investigating an Officer that was Fatally Shot
Filed under Press Release, on 3/26/2015 4:57:00 PM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

TYPE OF CRIME: HomicideCASE NUMBER: 15-083-0893
LOCATION: 2600 block Senter Rd.
 
SUSPECT: Scott DunhamAGE: 57
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident
 
VICTIM OFFICER: Michael Johnson #3718AGE: 38
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 14
 
Officer Michael Johnson
Suspect Scott Dunham
Officer Michael Johnson #3718
Suspect Scott Dunham

UPDATE 3-26-15: Based on the preliminary investigation, investigators have determined the fatal shot to the suspect was fired by Officer Doug Potwora #3506 who was one of the first officers on-scene. Officer Potwora is a 16 year veteran. 


San Jose: On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at approximately 6:48 p.m., San Jose police officers responded to an apartment complex located on the 2600 block of Senter Rd. regarding an adult male threatening to kill himself with a firearm. Multiple officers arrived on-scene and were met with gunfire by the suspect, who was in his apartment balcony, armed with a high powered rifle. There was an exchange of gunfire and Officer Johnson was fatally wounded.

 
The SJPD M.E.R.G.E. (Mobile Emergency Response Group and Equipment) Unit responded and made tactical entry into the suspect's apartment. The suspect was located deceased in the balcony of his residence. The investigation is on-going.

Officer Johnson was a 14 year veteran who spent his career in patrol. He was currently assigned as a Field Training Officer.

MEDIA: The family has requested privacy during this difficult time.
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Rick Yu or Detective Ken Tran of the San Jose Police Department Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.
 
BY: Sgt. Enrique Garcia #2936AUTHORIZED BY: Lt. Tom Morales
DATE: 03/26/15 TIME: 5:15 PMDATE: 03/26/15 TIME: 5:30 PM


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