Man planned to bring loaded gun to meeting

August 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police may have stopped a Bay Area work-place massacre. An angry man fired from his job who, they say, had a gun -- and a plan to kill.

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The suspect is still in custody at the Santa Clara County Jail. Police said he had violent intentions when he left his home, early on Wednesday morning.

Guadalupe Miranda is far from his Modesto home. He's in the Santa Clara County Jail, accused of bringing a loaded gun to a grievance meeting with his former employer.

Miranda was recently fired from California Waste Solutions in San Jose.

"We do have a strong belief that he would've committed some type of violent act against his co-workers and possibly commit suicide," said Officer Jose Garcia from San Jose Police Department.

Miranda's family called for help on Wednesday morning after he left for the meeting. The suspect told his son he would soon be dead - as he put his gun into his waist band.

"I know that guy, we worked for 10 years together. I don't know what happened," said former co-worker Manuel Chavez.

"We don't know exactly what this persons intentions were but obviously given all the circumstances we've heard nationally in different cities, different states, people have been shot in work related issues," said Officer Garcia.

San Jose Police still remember a work place shooting at Siport Inc. in Santa Clara. A disgruntled laid off worker murdered three people.

At California Waste Solutions, the company locked its doors while police waited for Miranda.

Police pulled Miranda over just a half mile from the company. When they searched him, they found a loaded hand gun, hidden inside his boot.

Miranda is charged with making criminal threats and possession of a loaded weapon and bail has not been set.

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