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Monday, January 24, 2022

Milpitas: man dies of wounds in shootout with police

MILPITAS. Authorities said the man died on Tuesday from his wounds in a shootout with police in Milpitas.

The Milpitas Police Department identified the man as Michael Nelson Jr., 42, from Healdsburg.

In a press release on Monday, Sergeant. Jason Speckenhauer said detectives found Nelson in a stolen car at Milpitas Square on Friday afternoon. First, Nelson got out of the car, looked at the detectives and entered the car again.

Speckenhauer said Nelson then began shooting at the detectives, who returned fire.

Nelson was wounded in a “prolonged firefight” and was taken to the district hospital, where he later died, Speckenhauer said. No other injuries were reported.

According to police, firearms were found at the scene.

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At the time of the shooting, Nelson was under community surveillance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after identity theft, Speckenhauer said.

The names of the detectives were not disclosed. Speckenhauer said police continue to interview witnesses, investigate evidence and view video footage related to the shooting.

“We are awaiting the release of additional details, including body camera footage, related to the investigation in the future,” he said.

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