SAN JOSE, California -- A San Jose police officer fatally shot an armed passenger in a car Saturday during a traffic stop on Highway 85, police said.
The passenger was shot by the officer after he took out a handgun during the stop around 3:10 p.m. near Saratoga Avenue, according to a statement from police spokeswoman Gina Tepoorten. One officer fired at the man, striking him “at least once,” she said.
The officer, whose name has not been disclosed, will be placed on paid administrative leave. The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office and the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit are conducting a joint investigation.
The identity of the deceased man was not released. Police said he had an outstanding warrant, but the department did not disclose what the warrant was for.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, who was not injured, is being questioned by detectives.
The shooting closed southbound Highway 85 until after midnight while officers conducted their investigation.
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