For release on August 18, 2023
Public Communications Officer
San Jose Cop Shooter Faces Life After DV Barricade
A San Jose man faces attempted murder charges today after he attacked his pregnant wife and then shot and badly wounded a responding police officer.
After shooting the officer in the stomach, Gabriel Mario Carreras, 44, barricaded himself for four hours. He eventually was arrested, uninjured.
The officer – who is in critical condition – was dragged to safety by her partner.
At his arraignment at 1:30 p.m. in Department 23 of the Hall of Justice in San Jose, the suspect will face attempted murder of a police officer and other firearm assault-related felony charges. He is also charged with the negligent discharge of a firearm and a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, the suspect could face a life sentence in prison.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen said: “There are too many guns in too many dangerous people’s hands. Too many people are getting shot, including police officers. Today, an officer lies badly wounded in the hospital for trying to save a pregnant woman. As we give our sincerest thanks to her and her heroic partner, we are determined to make sure this suspect will never see a gun or freedom again.”
On August 16, 2023, at 7:51 a.m., San Jose Police communications received a 911 call regarding a disturbance at Auzerais Avenue. A crying pregnant woman reported that she was being assaulted by her drunk husband.
Two officers arrived at the scene. When one officer yelled “San Jose Police come on out,” Carreras came out of a balcony door and fired a gun at the officer, striking her in the abdomen, below her bulletproof vest. The bullet caused serious damage to her intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, and fractured her spine. After her partner pulled her to safety, additional officers arrived on scene and surrounded the residence. Officers reported hearing at least two other gunshots before the victim escaped after taking the loaded weapon from the now passed out perpetrator. She told investigators that her husband had tried to punch her stomach and blamed the police shooting on her.
A records check revealed the firearm as unregistered. The suspect was a felon and did not have a legal right to possess a firearm.