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Updated: Santa Clara Homicide, Suspect in Custody

Update: Santa Clara police say a three-year-old boy was the victim in the City’s second homicide of the year. According to an updated police report, a woman called to say her live-in boyfriend shot her son. 

When officers arrived at the home, they tried to perform CPR on the young boy but were unsuccessful. Officers arrested 24-year-old Sergio Colin Gomez after a brief struggle. Gomez was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 

Police say the three-year-old was not related to Gomez. Investigators found a handgun at the scene. 

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Police caution that the investigation is “preliminary” and the “motive is unknown at this time.” Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Hagg at (408) 615-4814 or email him at fhagg@santaclaraca.gov. You can leave an anonymous tip on the SCPD Anonymous Tip Line at (408) 615-4TIP (4847).

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Santa Clara police are investigating the City’s second homicide of 2024. Officers were called to a home on Poinciana Drive just before 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 20.

The home is located just across Lawrence Expressway from Cabrillo Avenue. According to KRON 4, the homicide happened inside one of the apartments at the Riley Square Apartments.

Police said when officers arrived on the scene, they “detained a male suspect near the residence.” They went inside the residence, and that’s when officers discovered the body of a shooting victim. Police arrested the man found near the residence and said there was no threat to public safety.

Officers say this is still an open and active investigation. The Weekly will continue to follow this story and update it as more information come into the newsroom.

Second Santa Clara Homicide in 2024

This is the second homicide in Santa Clara in 2024. On Jan. 16, police arrested a 27-year-old Santa Clara man at his home on Valley Way near Homestead Road and Kiely Boulevard. His wife’s body was found inside the home.

Police believed that the Jan. 16 homicide was the result of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are people who can help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is open 24/7 and available in English, Spanish and 200+ other languages through interpretation services. Please call (800) 799-7233 if you or someone you know needs help. You can also text START to 88788 for help or to simply talk to someone.

Prior to these two incidents, Santa Clara police have not dealt with homicide investigations since August 2020.

Other local police incidents:
SCPD Officer Fires One Round, Suspect Arrested Uninjured
Santa Clara Police Team with ABC in Operation Shoulder Tap
City Manager Calls For External Review Of Levi’s Stadium Stabbing
SCPD Officer Involved Shooting Body Cam Footage Released
Local Massage Business Closed For Human Trafficking

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