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Fired Man Threatens Violence at Old Office; Arrested with Four Loaded Guns - San Diego 6
Fired Man Threatens Violence at Old Office; Arrested with Four Loaded Guns
Reported by: Elex Michaelson
Last Update: 8/25 9:13 pm
MIDWAY--Everyone reacts a little differently to receiving bad news. But it appears as if Brandon Murray snapped.
The 27-year-old had worked for two years at Alert Ambulance in the Midway area. The company's website lists him as a "fleet manager". In May 2008, he won employee of the month. The website then described him as one of the "most compassionate, professional, and respectable EMT alert has."
But, for some undisclosed reason, he was let go. "Mr. Murray was suspended on Friday, August 21st and was terminated on August 24, 2009" said Burley Wright, vice president of operations for Alert Ambulance.
On the same day of his termination, police received a call around 11:40 AM. "[Alert Ambulance] indicated that an employee of their's called the business and was threatening them, saying he would 'hurt everyone in the office'" said San Diego Police Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz.
Police came to Alert Ambulance and then Murray called back, again threatening to come in.
Muñoz said plain clothed officers went to Murray's home and waited until he got into his car. "They did a high risk stop on him. It was very safe, nothing happened on the stop and they were able to take him into custody."
But during the stop, police spotted four, semi-automatic loaded handguns in his vehicle. "In and of itself owning a firearm is not illegal. What is illegal in this case was a) the threats he made and b) the fact that he was carrying those firearms loaded within his reach."
Murray was booked on two counts of "threatening to commit a crime" (422 PC) and a separate count of spousal abuse (273.5 PC). He spent a night in jail and posted bail for $125,00.
Wright of Alert Ambulance said "we are very thankful to our current staff, our HR department, the SDPD for intervening so quickly on this incident."
And Muñoz thanked employees for making the call in the first place. "If the employees had not taken it seriously and had not had the presence of mind to notify us, who knows what could have happened?"