SAN JOSE -- A man suspected in as many as three shootings in the past year was arrested Friday morning after a brief standoff in an East San Jose neighborhood, police said.

Mitchell Pope, 30, wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, eluded capture for six weeks by the time the San Jose Police Department's MERGE Unit -- the city's equivalent of SWAT -- surrounded a relative's home near Lewis and Senter roads in the early morning hours Friday, Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

Investigators had reason to believe Pope was still in the area and was aware of an arrest warrant issued for him, Dwyer said.

After unsuccessfully ordering Pope to come out, officers deployed flashbang grenades outside the house to try and flush him out. About half an hour after police arrived, Pope surrendered peacefully.

Dwyer said Pope is suspected in multiple shootings over the past year, including one near Julian and Wooster avenues, but details on the cases linked to the suspect were not immediately available. Police believe Pope has ties to city street gangs but it has not been determined whether his alleged crimes were committed in their name.

"He's a violent individual, to say the least," Dwyer said.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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