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CrimeSuspect in shooting at Milpitas Square Shopping Center dies at hospital

Suspect in shooting at Milpitas Square Shopping Center dies at hospital

Last week, on October 15, at 3:41 in the afternoon, Milpitas Police Department (MPD) officers found themselves in a violent encounter with the driver of a stolen car…

The theft of the vehicle had been reported to the San Jose Police Department earlier in the week, on October 11. On the 15th, MPD detectives approached it during an enforcement stop. The location was the Milpitas Square Shopping Center on Barber Lane. 

There was only one occupant in the car. He began to step out from the driver’s side door. Then he looked at the officers and got back in.

He then began firing a gun at them.

The resulting gunfire from both directions went on for some time, ending with the suspect, Michael Edward Nelson, Jr., being injured and getting transported to a nearby hospital. 

At the time, Nelson had no ID on him, but he was later identified through a fingerprint scan. It turned out he was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), an alternative to parole for non-violent offenders, for having stolen the identities of multiple people.

Today, October 19, Nelson died at the hospital. He was 42 years old and was from Healdsburg. He was facing a variety of charges: attempted homicide on a Police Officer, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of high-capacity magazines, carrying a concealed firearm, violation of PRCS, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, and MPD body cam footage is forthcoming.

 

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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.

1 COMMENT

  1. So, according to the article, the suspect was on Post Release Community Supervision. Apparently he wasn’t too well supervised if he had somehow managed to obtain a small arsenal of weapons.

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