SAN JOSE -- A wounded naked man emerging from a second-floor window, leaving a trail of blood on the apartment walls. A bleeding woman running out of her home screaming for help. Another man staggering to a nearby tree and collapsing.

They were among the images embedded in the minds of residents of a complex behind Regional Medical Center of San Jose where a man reportedly stabbed three people Thanksgiving morning. In his flight, police say, he carjacked a van and led a wild chase that ended when an officer shot him to death as he tried to ram a patrol car.

The day after the wild fracas that terrorized a one-mile radius in East San Jose, residents milled around a courtyard connecting apartments bounded by Luz Avenue and Alexian Drive. A woman whose unit faces the common area said neighbors were startled around 10:30 a.m. with the sights and sounds of three people fleeing the same apartment and a man running off.

Two of the people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital, which was a block away. A third victim, a man, walked into the emergency room.

Blood smears from the second-floor of the apartment unit were still visible Friday morning on the window and exterior walls, tracing that victim's path from an upstairs room. There was also still blood on a tree across from the apartment. Remnants of police tape and medical waste bag flapped in the wind.


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Police say that after the stabbing, the suspect, identified Friday only as a 42-year-old man, ran east to North Jackson Avenue, where he assaulted and forced a motorist out of a minivan and sped away. Officer Kevin Peters, a 12-year San Jose police veteran, was listening to radio chatter about the attack when he spotted the van.

Peters tried to get the suspect to pull over but ended up chasing the van, which wove through city streets and briefly drove the wrong way on Interstate 680 before re-emerging, at freeway speeds, on Mabury Road heading toward North White Road. The suspect turned into a part of Kirk Glen Drive that ended in a cul-de-sac, and Peters blocked in the van with his patrol car.

It was then that the 42-year-old man rammed the police cruiser. Police say that Peters feared for his safety so he drew his service weapon and opened fire, hitting the suspect and causing the van to roll into a home across the street. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His identity has not been released because the coroner's office is still working to positively identify him through fingerprints, police said.

The three people injured in the stabbing remain hospitalized with serious injuries but are expected to survive. An update on their conditions was not available Friday. Police believe the stabbing victims may have known the suspect. The victim of the carjacking was not seriously injured.

Peters was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation monitored by the District Attorney's Office, which is routine after an officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information about the case can contact San Jose police detectives at 408-277-5283 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or with svcrimestoppers.org.

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