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California woman shot and killed after officials mistakenly identified her as the shooting suspect, police say

Jenny Vasquez died on Christmas Day following an officer-involved shooting.
(KTVU)

A California police official defended the actions of the officers who shot and killed a woman who allegedly led them on a chase in a stolen car after she was mistaken for the suspect in a shooting.

San Jose police chief Eddie Garcia also expressed his condolences to the family of the 24-year-old Jenny Vasquez, of San Jose, on Thursday, according to KTVU. The police said that the incident began early Tuesday as officers were investigating a shooting in the city. Witnesses told the police to shoot suspect was riding in a white limousine.

“The first arriving officer was flagged by a citizen, who pointed in a Southerly direction on Clemence Avenue in a white vehicle leave the scene, stating the officer had the suspect vehicle,” Garcia said.

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The police followed a white Toyota Camry, which was driven by Vasquez and soon discovered the car had been reported stolen. Vasquez’s family have disputed the claim and said that she was driving a friend’s car. The police said Vasquez led them on a high-speed chase that ended after she crashed into a fence. Garcia said the woman who would not obey the orders of the officers.

“The suspect driver then rammed the patrol car with the Toyota to use as a deadly weapon and the cause of four officers to fire in an attempt to stop the driver,” Garcia said.

Vasquez was shot and killed and the passenger, Linda Bueno, 28, of San Jose, was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Garcia said officers discovered later that Vasquez had nothing to do with the shooting. The police immediately released information about the initial recording.

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“Given the circumstances…it was reasonable and justified for the officers to feel that their lives were in danger,” Garcia said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Had these people met only the officers would have stopped, this would end up completely different.”

The District Attorney’s office and the San Jose Police homicide unit is investigating the incident. The four officers involved in the shooting were put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The body-camera footage will be released after a probe, police said.

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