San Jose – A 41-year-old San Jose man has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and gun abuse, police said.
Officers were called to a home on the 1000 block of Malott Drive around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday to report domestic violence, according to a San Jose police sergeant. Christian Camarillo said in a press release. The victim said the suspect strangled her and threatened her with a pistol.
Camarillo said the investigation revealed that the suspect had multiple firearms on file.
At 4:45 p.m., the suspect left the house and was taken into custody with the help of a police dog, Camarillo said.
Officers examined the interior of the house and discovered what appeared to be evidence of firearms assembly and manufacture. Camarillo said officers obtained a search warrant for the home and found a cache of firearms and parts, as well as tools for making parts. An illegal short-barreled assault rifle was also allegedly seized.
“At this time, it is believed that the suspect was not only assembling and manufacturing firearms, but also illegally selling them,” Camarillo said. “The suspect is not a licensed firearms dealer.”
Camarillo said the suspect suffered injuries during his arrest and will be booked into the main Santa Clara County Jail for multiple gun violations, a domestic violence felony and assault with a deadly weapon after he is released from hospital.
In a statement, San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata noted the danger such cases pose.
“Cases of intimate partner violence involving firearms carry an extremely high lethal risk,” Mata said. “Officers in this case did an admirable job in protecting the survivor as well as the community by safely detaining this armed and dangerous suspect. Through planning and professionalism, the officers were able to avoid a potentially fatal confrontation with an armed suspect.”
Anyone with information related to the case can contact Detective Hermann at [email protected] or 408-277-3835. Tips can also be left with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or svcrimestoppers.org.