SAN JOSE -- The policeman who shot and killed a suspect accelerating at him in a stolen car on Monday has been identified as Officer Bruce Barthelemy, who was involved in a shootout last November that capped off a robbery and homicide rampage.
Officials on Tuesday declined to name the deceased driver or his passenger, who faces criminal charges.
According to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, which is handling the investigation because the shooting happened in an unincorporated area of East San Jose, Barthelemy got out of his cruiser and ordered the suspects out of the stolen Honda Civic at gunpoint, after the driver rammed two police vehicles and crashed into a parked car.
When the driver instead accelerated toward Barthelemy, the officer fired a single round that struck the suspect in an undisclosed location. Emergency personnel were summoned, and he was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
He has been identified only as an adult in his 20s. His passenger, also a man around the same age, was booked into jail on a probation violation and suspicion of being in possession of stolen property and burglary tools.
The shooting happened in a residential area off South White Road northeast of Story Road. It was the second officer-involved shooting by San Jose police this month, also the second this year. Ronald Aduddell, a 28-year-old with a history of drug and burglary offenses who was facing a third strike, was shot and killed March 2 after leading police on a high-speed chase in South San Jose.
The department had four officer-involved shootings in 2012, with one resulting in a fatality. In 2011, there were eight, half of which resulted in a death.
Barthelemy has been with the San Jose Police Department for five years. On Nov. 16, Barthelemy arrived as a backup at the Tully Road scene where two suspects had an officer pinned down by gunfire in what was described as an ambush attack.
Barthelemy fired at Jonathan Dawson Wilbanks, striking him twice. Wilbanks fled and was eventually arrested holed up at a home near Reid-Hillview Airport, and a 15-year-old boy believed to be his accomplice was taken into custody a week later.
Prosecutors believe the two suspects are linked to a San Jose crime spree that included four armed robberies, the slaying of Campbell native Rory Park-Pettiford, 22, and the police ambush.
Monday's incident remains under investigation, sheriff's officials said.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.