SAN JOSE -- A knife-wielding man was shot Friday afternoon by a San Jose police officer when he refused to drop the weapon and advanced toward her on a quiet residential street near Berryessa Road.

Police were summoned to the scene on the 1800 block of Cape Horn Drive around 3:20 p.m., on reports of an argument taking place on the street involving two men, one of whom was armed with a knife.

"They tried to go in and defuse the situation, but the individual with the knife refused to put it down," said San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales.

He said the man began moving toward the female officer and she commanded him to drop the weapon, while her partner started to ready a beanbag gun.

"He was going to try to pull out a less-lethal weapon," Morales said. "Unfortunately, the situation progressed rapidly and the female officer had no other choice but to fire at the suspect."

He was struck by at least one bullet and taken to the hospital, where he remained Friday night with wounds not believed to be life-threatening, Morales said.

Morales said the men -- both estimated to be in their 30s -- were "known to each other" and are believed to be from the area, but police were still investigating what the initial argument was about. He said there was no indication that it was gang-related.

He said the second man is cooperating with authorities, and there is no indication that he committed any crime.


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The officer who fired her weapon was not identified, but Morales called her a veteran on the force.

Neighbors said the street, which borders the Penitencia Creek Park, is quiet and it's rare to see police cars flood into the area.

"It's real nice, this is kind of a shock," said Shahil Kahn, 24. "It's full of really good people."

It was the year's first officer-involved shooting for San Jose police. The last one occurred on Thanksgiving when a man was shot to death by officers after a triple stabbing, the carjacking of a van and a wild bid to escape pursuing police.

San Jose police were involved in six officer-involved shootings in 2013, three of which were fatal. There were four in 2012, with one fatality, and eight in 2011, with four fatalities.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.