Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz police arrest man for attempted homicide in shooting near Third Street

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A traffic violation led Santa Cruz police to a man being sought in connection with an attempted homicide.

Officers stopped 18-year-old Jose Xilonzochilt on Trinity Street around 10:30 p.m. Thursday for a traffic violation. Xilonzochilt attempted to give a false name, but the officer recognized him as being the suspect in a shooting that occurred last month.

As the officer tried to take Xilozochilt into custody, a fight ensued and the suspect tried to take the officer's handgun from its holster. A second officer assisted and deployed a stun gun.

Xilonzochilt was taken into custody and was in possession of methamphetamine and heroin at the time.

Xilonzochilt was wanted in connection with a May 19 shooting that occurred near Third Street and Raymond Street. Four San Jose residents were shot at following a confrontation in the Beach Flats neighborhood, Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said. The confrontation erupted over territorial gang tensions, he said.

One person in the group, a 20-year-old pregnant woman, was struck by one of the rounds and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Xilonzochilt is a known Sureno gang member who has a history of police contacts and arrests, Clark said. He was booked into Santa Cruz Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide, possession of narcotics, attempting to take an officer's firearm, resisting arrest and participating in a gang.

The officer Xilonzochilt fought with is a 12-year veteran of the department. He was treated for injuries suffered in the fight and will likely be out of work for several days.

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