Updated: Hwy 17 Closed After Cops Arrest Man on $1M Felony Warrant

A Santa Clara County adult probation officer's firearm accidentally discharges Tuesday evening during suspect's arrest.

A suspect was arrested Tuesday evening by area police on a $1 million felony warrant for firearms violations, which caused the closure of southbound Highway 17 near Laurel Road.

The arrest of Angel Solorzano, 22, came after the Gilroy Police Department began looking for him following leads that he was possibly in San Jose and requested assistance from the San Jose Police Department to apprehend him, police said.

The SJPD's Covert Response Unit assisted in the case and at approxmately 8 p.m., CRU officers stopped Solorzano in his vehilce on northbound Highway 17, south of The Summit and arrested him without incident, according to police.

A Santa Clara County Adult Probation officer, present as part of the investigation but not involved in Solorzano's arrest, had an accidental discharge with his firearm causing a non-life threatening injury to himself, the SJPD announced in a press release.

The officer was treated at a local hospital for his injuries. There were no other injuries reported, the release indicated.

The suspect was turned over to Gilroy police detectives as part of their investigation. 

Persons with information about the Gilroy case are urged to contact the GPD and those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867), or may visit: http://svcrimestoppers.org/. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

Patch Editor Shannon Burkey contributed to this report.

Brad West July 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
We sat in traffic for an hour, southbound totally stopped from 8:30 to 9:30. Over 15 sherrif, CHP, undercover and emergency vehicles went by during that time. Caltrans was working right near the incident. No sign of accident with only a few cars pulled over. What really happened?
Sheila Sanchez July 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Hi Peter, our reporting for this story is based on preliminary police reports Tuesday evening. We'll update story as we get more information today. But from your account, Peter and then what Brad is saying below, it looks like only the southbound lanes of the highway were closed. What else did you see?
Sheila Sanchez July 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Portions of Highway 17 were also closed Tuesday because of a scheduled Caltrans closure, according to the CHP.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz July 26, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Unfortunately these kind of things have to stop traffic. It's might be bad for you to wait, but their doing their job.
Maaliea Wilbur July 26, 2012 at 04:41 AM
It was quite annoying on my way home from a long day at the office....but i guess they gotta do there jobs!


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