Sus­pect fires shots while run­ning from cops, ar­rested

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mark Gomez mgomez@ba­yarea news­

CAMP­BELL » A drug- ad­dled man sus­pected of fir­ing way­ward shots while be­ing chased by po­lice was ar­rested early Thurs­day morn­ing near Los Gatos Creek.

No one was hit dur­ing the lengthy en­counter, which be­gan un­fold­ing around 11:40 p.m. Wed­nes­day when Camp­bell po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of a prowler near a home in the 700 block of Cy­press Lane. Mul­ti­ple calls to 911 also re­ported explosions out­side.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they saw some­one in a side yard near the High­way 17 sound wall. That per­son ran from of­fi­cers and jumped a fence into the back­yard of an­other home, fol­lowed shortly af­ter by sounds of gun­fire.

The of­fi­cers called for as- sis­tance from San Jose and Los Gatos po­lice, the Sun­ny­vale De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety, the Santa Clara County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol, Camp­bell po­lice Capt. Gary Berg said. Camp­bell po­lice sur­rounded the area and sum­moned their tac­ti­cal team.

“We don’t want our of­fi­cers jump­ing the fence and get­ting into an am­bush sit­u­a­tion,” Berg said.

No of­fi­cers or civil­ians were hit by any of the gun­shots, but an ad­di­tional eight to 12 shots were heard over the next 10 to 15 min­utes as of­fi­cers took tac­ti­cal po­si­tions around the site, po­lice said. Neigh­bor­hood res­i­dents were or­dered to shel­ter in place, and the CHP closed south­bound High­way 17 from Hamilton Av­enue to San To­mas Ex­press­way.

Even­tu­ally, CHP of­fi­cers spot­ted a man match­ing the sus­pect de­scrip­tion ly­ing face down near Los Gatos Creek. The man lay there for at least an hour, not mov­ing or re­spond­ing to po­lice com­mands, Berg said.

Even­tu­ally the man got up, obeyed their or­ders and was taken into cus­tody around 1:14 a.m. Thurs­day.

Po­lice found a gun near where the man was ly­ing down, Berg said. Shell cas­ings were also lo­cated near the home where the explosions were heard and where the shots were fired, and at least one bul­let was found lodged in a nearby res­i­dence.

The sus­pect was later iden­ti­fied as Daniel Tan­ner, a 35-year-old tran­sient, po­lice said. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on sus­pi­cion of an ar­ray of crimes in­clud­ing shoot­ing at an in­hab­ited or

.“oc­cu­pied dwelling and be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a con­trolled sub­stance.

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