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Police: Suspect Shot By Officers Had Toy Gun

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Toy gun found on a man shot by San Jose Police early Sunday at a hotel on E. Brokaw Road, October 23, 2011. (San Jose PD)

Toy gun found on a man shot by San Jose Police early Sunday at a hotel on E. Brokaw Road, October 23, 2011. (San Jose PD)

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the man shot by San Jose police over the weekend was not carrying a loaded firearm as officers at the scene thought but a gold-painted toy gun.

The San Jose Police Department released details about the shooting — the department’s seventh officer-involved shooting this year — on Monday.

According to police, officers received a report on Sunday of a man with a gun asleep in a hotel stairwell. Police say when they aroused the suspect, who has been identified as Javier Gonzales-Guerrero, he reached for what they thought was a weapon. They shot him multiple times and only later learned he was holding a toy gun.

The officers are now on leave while the department investigates the shooting.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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