The Santa Clara County Coroner has identified the man who
committed suicide Monday afternoon near Gilroy Foods as David Rice,
a 48-year-old Gilroy resident.
The Santa Clara County Coroner has identified the man who committed suicide Monday afternoon near Gilroy Foods as David Rice, a 48-year-old Gilroy resident.
Just after 1 p.m. Monday, the Gilroy Police Department received a 911 call from an employee at Gilroy Foods on Pacheco Pass Highway reporting a man with a high-powered rifle parked on a dirt road outside the business, said Sgt. Rick Sung with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.
Because the death took place in their jurisdiction, the Sheriff’s Department interviewed the Gilroy officer and took the police report.
When the Gilroy officer arrived at the scene, he parked and, from a distance, ordered Rice to show his hands several times, Sung said. At no point did the officer and Rice engage in physical contact, Sung said.
Rice walked to the passenger side of his truck, pulled a rifle from inside and shot himself, Sung said.
By the time Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Rice was already lying on his back next to his vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head. Rice was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nothing in the report indicates the officer knew Rice was going to commit suicide, Sung said.
“The officer was trying to ensure the safety of the subject and the people at the business nearby,” he said.
Several passing motorists also witnessed the shooting.
“It was horrible,” said Freddy Medina, who works near Gilroy Foods and was driving by when the shooting took place. “It’s something I can’t get out of my head.”