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Fatal Police Pursuit In Campbell Linked To Los Gatos Homicide

CAMPBELL (CBS SF) -- A man was found fatally shot at a home in unincorporated Los Gatos Wednesday morning and another died in a crash in Campbell following the pursuit of a vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting, a Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman said.

Deputies responded at about 10:50 a.m. to reports of shots fired on Madrone Drive and arrived to find a man fatally shot in a home there, sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen said.

Two other men were also found injured in the home. One was treated at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, Jensen said. He did not know the nature of the injuries.

The victims and witnesses described the suspect vehicle in the shooting as a Toyota Prius and deputies eventually located it in the area of state Highway 17 and Lark Avenue.

"We got a description of a Prius. Our deputies got involved in a pursuit with the Prius in the area of 17 and Lark," said Jensen.

The Prius exited the highway at East Hamilton Avenue and crashed into a wall. The driver fled on foot but was quickly detained by deputies, Jensen said.

A male passenger in the Prius was found injured and was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Jensen said.

The identities of the two people who died and the suspect detained after the crash have not yet been released.

The investigation into the fatal crash triggered major traffic back-ups up until the road reopened Wednesday afternoon.

The closure of a normally busy stretch of Hamilton Avenue detoured hundreds of drivers around the scene of the crash as authorities collected evidence.

The Hamilton VTA Station was also closed during the police activity. Trains passed through the station, but did not stop there until after the investigation was over.

Investigators said they were still trying to figure out how the pieces of this puzzle fit together as far as whether the victim was targeted and, if so, why.

"It's an ongoing investigation. We're still investigating all of the witnesses and potential victims," said Jensen.

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