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State Drug Agents Shoot and Kill Man -- the Wrong Man -- in San Jose
In San Jose, state drug agents killed a man in a case of mistaken identity Tuesday.
Agents from the state bureau of narcotics chased a man they believed was an armed parolee after a stake out at a home on the 800 block of North 14th St. Agents caught up with the man, there was a gun battle, and the man was hit.
Rodolfo Cardenas, 43, died at the hospital. But it turns out he was the wrong man. After discovering the mistake, agents went back and found the real suspect, 37-year-old David Gonzales, who was arrested without incident.
The state Department of Justice confirmed a Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agent was involved in the shooting near a retirement home on North Fourth Street. San Jose police said they received a 1:23 p.m. call of shots being fired.
Hallye Jordan, a spokeswoman for state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, did not identify the agent involved, and would not discuss the details of the shooting Tuesday. She said the Justice Department would be doing a concurrent investigation, along with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and the San Jose Police Department.