San Jose police have arrested a man they say was on his way to a termination hearing this morning with a loaded handgun after being fired from his longtime job at a recycling plant. Guadalupe Cabrera Miranda, 50, left his home in Modesto for a 10 a.m. grievance hearing at California Waste Solutions in San Jose. Miranda worked at the company for 30 years as a mechanic, police said, but was recently let go. Miranda’s son called the company to warn employees that Miranda was upset and took a gun with him, according to police. Employees at
California Waste Solutions called police around 9:45 a.m., according to Sgt. Ronnie Lopez. San Jose police were dispatched to California Waste Solutions and locked down the building, Lopez said. Other officers surrounded the area near the facility at 1120 Berryessa Road, searching for Miranda’s blue Chevrolet pickup truck. Officers spotted him at 10:17 a.m. on Berryessa Road, about a half-mile from his former workplace and running late for his meeting. Officers flashed their lights and sirens and pulled Miranda over in his truck. Police found a loaded gun concealed in his boot. Miranda cooperated completely as officers arrested him, Lopez said. He had a woman with him in the truck, whom Lopez could only describe as an “associate.” According to Lopez, Miranda made several comments to the woman, “indicating he was not going to be around much longer” and asking her to put roses on his grave. “I think she had bits and pieces of it, but as it unfolded she was very surprised,” he said of Miranda’s plan and subsequent arrest. He was booked into the Santa Clara County main jail on charges of
making criminal threats and possessing a loaded and concealed firearm. Lopez said Miranda had a “minor” criminal history. Layoffs and job losses have become increasingly common in the current sour economy and South Bay law enforcement has experience with workplace violence in the wake of firings. In November, a man let go from a Santa Clara semiconductor company shot and killed three of his colleagues,
including the CEO.
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