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Man accused of shooting San Jose police officer makes court appearance

A San Jose man accused of shooting and wounding a city police officer earlier this week made his first court appearance on Friday.

Gabriel Mario Carreras, 44, faces a number of charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, in connection with Wednesday's shooting near downtown, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

During Friday's court hearing, Carreras was shackled and the hearing didn't last long.

Just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, police were notified of a family disturbance in the area of Auzerais Avenue and Race street. A pregnant woman reported that she was being attacked by her drunk husband, the district attorney's office said.

Two officers responded to the scene. When one of them announced their presence, Carreras allegedly came out of a balcony door and opened fire, striking one of the officers in her abdomen below her bulletproof vest, according to the district attorney's office.

The bullet damaged the officer's intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder and spine, the district attorney's office said. As of Friday, the officer remained in critical condition.

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