SAN JOSE – A report of a domestic assault this week led to a man’s arrest and the seizure of two dozen guns, as well as evidence he was illegally making and selling firearms out of a San Jose home, police say.
Police were called to a home in the 1000 block of Malott Drive around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday for a domestic violence report, involving a woman who said her husband choked her and threatened her with a gun, San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo said in a news release.
Camarillo said officers responded to the call, knowing the man reported to them had multiple registered guns. At about 4:45 p.m., the man exited the home with a gun in his waistband and was arrested after a police dog was ordered to subdue him.
Police conducted a cursory search of the home and found what they described as evidence of firearms assembly and manufacturing. Camarillo said officers returned with a search warrant and found a cache of at least two dozen rifles and handguns as well as gun parts and tools to make gun parts. Among the weapons seized, police said, was an illegal short-barreled assault rifle.
“At this time, it is believed the suspect was not only assembling and manufacturing firearms, but was also selling them illegally,” Camarillo said. “The suspect is not a licensed firearms dealer.”
Camarillo said the 41-year-old man was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered from his arrest. Upon his release, he was expected to be booked into the Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of multiple weapons violations, felony domestic violence, and assault with a deadly weapon.
After the arrest, San Jose police Chief Anthony Mata lauded the way officers responded to and resolved the Tuesday call given its potential for tragic violence.
“Intimate partner violence cases involving firearms are extremely high risk for lethality,” Mata said. “The officers in this case did an outstanding job of safeguarding the survivor as well as the community by safely taking this armed and dangerous suspect into custody. Through their planning and professionalism, officers were able to avoid a potentially deadly confrontation with an armed suspect.”
Anyone with information related to the case can contact Detective Dennis Herman at [email protected] or 408-277-3835. Tips can also be left with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or svcrimestoppers.org.