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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 1226201502
Subject :

Additional Information Released About Officer-Involved Shooting
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – The knife-wielding person fatally shot on Christmas night after charging at officers appears to have called 9-1-1 to report a false emergency in order to summon police to the residence.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect called 9-1-1 from a home in the 600 block of Forest Avenue on December 25, 2015, at about 9:16 p.m.  The suspect said that there was a person at the residence who wanted to harm someone, and provided a name of that alleged person.  No one by that name was present.

As soon as officers arrived on scene, the suspect immediately charged at them in the street while armed with a knife. It appears the suspect may have been outside the residence awaiting police arrival. Two officers fired their pistols at the suspect.  The suspect was transported to a local hospital and succumbed to their injuries.  No officers were injured.  Both officers are currently on paid administrative leave, as is standard in any officer-involved shooting investigation.  We will release the names of both officers within the next few days as the investigation progresses.

Investigators from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office are conducting a parallel investigation alongside the Palo Alto Police Department, which is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting in Santa Clara County.  Investigators from both agencies worked throughout the night and are continuing to investigate all aspects of what occurred, including searching for any possible clues to determine the suspect’s motivations.  We plan to release additional information in the next few days as soon as we can confirm it as part of the ongoing investigation.

No information about the identity of the suspect will be released by the Palo Alto Police Department.  All inquiries about the suspect’s identity can be directed to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, though please be aware that they will not release that information until they have officially confirmed the suspect’s identity and notified their next of kin.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or