San Jose police identified on Tuesday both the hostage and the suspect who officers say killed her in the Cambrian neighborhood.
The woman, found dead with at least one gunshot wound, was identified by police as Yolanda Najera, 53.
Police said the man who held her hostage beginning about 2:15 p.m. on Monday was Leonel Acevedo, 45. Police said the two knew each other, and that Acevedo had previously lived at the home in the 4400 block of Camden Avenue where he had “forcefully” taken Najera inside.
About 5 p.m., Acevedo came outside the home, armed with at least one handgun, police said, and fired shots at the swarms of officers outside. Police said one of the officers returned fire, killing Acevedo. Najera was found dead inside the home.
An officer sustained a minor flesh wound during the gun battle, police said.
The motive and circumstances are still under investigation.
Neighbors said the area looked like a war zone because of the heavy police presence.
“I’m stunned,” said neighbor Ron Mortenson. “I’ve lived here 30 years. I can’t recall anything like this happening in my neighborhood. I don’t want anything like this happening in my neighborhood.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Guire or Detective Tran of the San Jose Police Department homicide unit at 408-277-5283.