Suspect arrested in July 4th homicide in San Jose
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Suspect arrested in July 4th homicide in San Jose

Suspect arrested in July 4th homicide in San Jose

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(KRON) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred early in the morning on July 4, according to the San Jose Police Department. SJPD patrol officers responded around 4:49 a.m. to the 5900 block of Liska Lane for multiple reports of a discharged firearm and a vehicle collision.

At the scene, police found a vehicle that had crashed into a garage of a residence and caught fire. A man was driving the vehicle that had crashed. Police and firefighters extinguished the fire and got the man out of the vehicle.

According to police, the driver suffered at least one gunshot wound. Despite resuscitation measures, the victim died at the scene.

During an initial investigation, police discovered a secondary victim: a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The woman was taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

By the time police arrived, the suspect had already fled. SJPD Homicide Unit investigators took over the investigation and identified the suspect as Pierre Franco Plascensia, 40, of San Jose. A warrant was obtained for his arrest.

Five days later, on July 9, SJPD Undercover Unit officers located Plascensia in San Jose and arrested him. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on a murder charge.

Police are still investigating the circumstances and motives behind the incident. It is the 18th homicide in San Jose in 2024.