Newark: San Jose man who shot at police faces assault and gun charges

I meant to post this yesterday but did not get to it. It’s interesting that the suspect did not come out firing at Newark police until after the armored vehicle showed up. Here’s a story on it by colleague Kristin Bender:

A 50-year-old San Jose man is facing assault and gun charges after he fired 30 rounds inside a Newark home and then shot at officers as he walked out of the home earlier this month, police said Wednesday night.

Police in an armored vehicle fired back, hitting Kevin Rhoades and severely wounding him on the night of May 17.

No officers were injured.

Rhoades remains in stable condition in police custody at an unnamed area hospital. He was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office on Wednesday with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, said Cmdr. Mike Carroll.

He will be transported to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin when he is well enough to be released from the hospital, Carroll said.

The shooting followed a 45-minute standoff with police, who were called to a home in the 5500 block of McDonald Avenue in Newark after a relative called police concerned about Rhoades being depressed, suicidal and possibly in possession of several firearms, police said.

Police on the scene called the man on the telephone, confirmed he was despondent and then heard several rounds of gunshots from inside the home. Police blocked the area around the home and crisis negotiators spent about 45 minutes trying to convince him to surrender. He refused and threatened to shoot police, breaking off contact, police said.

As an armored vehicle arrived, the man unexpectedly came out of the house and shot at the officers in the vehicle. Officers fired back, striking Rhoades at least once.

Police are continuing to investigate and anyone with information should call Newark police detective Sgt. Manuel DeSerpa at 510-578-4247. Information can also be left anonymously on the “silent witness” hotline at 510-578-4965.


Chris DeBenedetti

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