Killed - February 15, 1866
Deputy Sheriff W.H. Hendricks was the County Jailer, and the son-in-law of Sheriff John Hicks Adams. Antonio Pinto, Thomas Acano, and Kerman da le Piaza were all confined to the Santa Clara County Jail for Murder.
Deputy Hendricks was in the process of feeding the inmates confined to their cells. He opened the cell of de la Piaza and Acano and let de la Piaza out to empty the cell slops. When he returned, de la Piaza grabbed the Deputy and placed a home made rope around his neck. As de la Piaza was strangling the Jailer, Acano helped drag him into the cell. Acano grabbed the gun from the Deputy's waistband and handed it to Kerman. Kerman aimed the revolver at the Deputy who was being held by Acano. de la Piaza took a shot at Hendricks, but somehow missed. Hendricks was able to free a hand and drew a derringer he had concealed. He got off at least one shot, hitting Kerman in the groin.
The three murderers made their escape over the jail fence and into the streets of San Jose. Hendricks retrieved a spare revolver from the jail's office, and gave pursuit. He caught up with Kerman on Third Street. Like a scene out of an old west movie, bullets were flying. Hendricks and de la Piaza traded shots with both missing their targets. Hendricks again ran after Kerman and when they reached the corner of San Antonio Street took aim at the fleeing bandit, who was no more than forty feet away. Hendricks revolver miss fired. Kerman realizing the Deputy's gun was empty, took deliberate aim and fired. The bullet struck Deputy Hendricks in the head, killing him instantly.
Kerman fled the scene and took refuge under a nearby home. Under Sheriff R.B. Hall, alerted to the hiding place, peaked under the home. Kerman seeing the lawman quickly fired and missed. Hall fired back, grazing the outlaws head. Kerman was able to drag himself from under the house and under a large wood pile where he was taken into custody.
Pinto who fled from the jail while de la Piaza and Acano were struggling with Hendricks, escaped the manhunt. Acano was later captured in Monterey and returned to the Santa Clara County Jail.