SAN JOSE -- Two veteran San Jose police officers lawfully shot and killed a twice-convicted burglar who was intoxicated on methamphetamine during a high-speed chase that ended in South San Jose last year, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has concluded.

Ronald Aduddell, 28, was unarmed on March 2 when he was hit eight times during a volley of 15 shots fired by officers Ian Cooley and Adam Jenkins, according to the district attorney's office.

But during the 26-mile police pursuit that ended near Bascom and Union avenues, officers reported seeing Aduddell holding a handgun, according to the district attorney's office.

Supervising Deputy District Attorney Brian Welch determined that Cooley, a 16-year-veteran, and Jenkins, a 13-year-veteran, believed deadly force was necessary to defend themselves and others.

Aduddel was facing the possibility of a third strike when an officer saw him slowly driving a Ford Contour on a residential street at 2:30 p.m. and tried to pull him over, thinking that Aduddell was casing the area for a possible burglary.

Aduddel pulled away and was later cornered but escaped by smashing into the officer's car.

When Aduddel was finally forced to stop, the district attorney's office said he exited the Ford and began advancing on officers.

A package of methamphetamine was found on his body and an autopsy found that Aduddel was intoxicated on methamphetamine.

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