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Body cam footage from shooting at Milpitas Square Shopping Center released by police

The Milpitas Police Department (MPD) has released new information in regard to a shootout incident that occurred last month. 

On October 15, at 3:41 in the afternoon, detectives from MPD approached a car that had been stolen on October 11, as reported to the San Jose Police Department. 

Behind the wheel was Michael Nelson, age 42, of Healdsburg. The setting was the Milpitas Square Shopping Center. Nelson stepped outside, then took a look at the cops and got back in the car. Officers ordered him not to move, but he stepped back out — this time holding a gun.

A detective fired.

A gunfight erupted, resulting in Nelson getting shot. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital. Later, on October 19, Michael Nelson died. 

Today, MPD released audio and video relating to the event, complete with body cam and security camera footage. The event described above is captured. It counters previous accounts wherein Michael Nelson fired first. Viewer discretion is advised.

In their accompanying press release, MPD explained, “This event remains an active investigation. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting and the Milpitas Police Department is also investigating and conducting an administrative review of the event.”


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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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