For release on December 1, 2020
Deputy District Attorney
San Jose Gang Member Charged with Assaulting Police Officers with Officer’s Gun
A San Jose gang member has been charged with assaulting police officers with an officer’s gun during an arrest. The bullet nearly struck two officers.
Rodel Pulido, 22, will be arraigned on two counts of assaulting a police officer with a firearm, felony resisting or deterring officers with force, and other charges, at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in Dept. 24 at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. If convicted, Pulido could face a long prison sentence.
“If you attack a police officer, you threaten the lives of everyone in our community,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “My Office will prosecute these despicable and incredibly dangerous crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”
At 6:42 p.m. on November 27, two officers in a patrol car pulled over the suspect for a traffic violation on the 500 block of Avalani Avenue in San Jose. When the San Jose police officers asked Pulido to step out of the car, he refused. Other officers began to arrive at the scene to assist. Pulido eventually exited the vehicle but continued to act suspiciously and be uncooperative. Pulido made several calls while inside and outside of the car and unknown people started to arrive at the scene of the stop. Officers decided to place Pulido in handcuffs for safety reasons while they continued the investigation. Pulido immediately became resistant and pulled away from officers. Several officers were initially unable to take control of Pulido. This struggle went on for over one minute. The suspect used his left hand and grabbed an officer’s holstered pistol. The specialized holster prevented Pulido from removing the pistol, but the suspect was able to maneuver the holster in the direction of an officer. Pulido fired a single round. The round entered and exited the pants of one officer but did not break skin. The round or ricochet then grazed another officer in the lower, right thigh. He was treated at a local hospital and released.
Pulido was struck with a department issued Taser three times and was taken into custody.
After the arrest, police found a loaded .40 caliber untraceable “ghost gun” under the driver’s seat. Detectives also located a large amount of cocaine, a scale, and thousands of dollars in cash.