Modesto man arrested in San Jose

SAN JOSE -- Police on Wednesday morning arrested a man they say was on his way to his termination meeting at a local recycling center with a loaded gun and after leaving his family with a chilling message: This is the last time you will ever see me.

Guadalupe Cabrera Miranda, 50, of Modesto, was arrested and booked on felony charges of making criminal threats and having possession of a loaded weapon, police said.

He was stopped near the San Jose Flea Market -- less than a half-mile from his employer, California Waste Solutions. In his leather cowboy boot, after the arrest, an officer discovered a Smith & Wesson handgun. There were eight bullets in the magazine.

Prior to his arrest, a union representative at Waste Solutions had received a call about 9:45 a.m. from the suspect's panicked son.

He said that his father had left his Modesto home earlier in the morning in his blue Chevy truck with a gun in his waistband. He was upset and was suggesting that he was soon going to be dead.

The union representative called police.

Along with contacting Modesto police to check out the man, who it turned out had no major criminal history, they called the San Jose company. Officers told Waste Solutions to lock its doors and get its employees to safety.

Police said Miranda was on his way to the grievance hearing, after being recently fired. Miranda, who had worked 30 years as a mechanic with the company, was angry, officials said, and blamed company officials and even the union for the loss of his job.

Police and company officials tried to reach the suspect on his cell phone. When they got him on the line, Miranda denied having a gun.

Police stopped the truck near the company's office a short time later and took Miranda into custody without incident. After handcuffing Miranda, officers discovered the loaded weapon in his right boot.

An unidentified woman who was in the truck Miranda was driving when police stopped it began crying when she heard what was going on. She told officers she accompanied Miranda to help him with his grievance.

She told officers he had told her that if anything went wrong at the meeting to put a rose on his grave every once in a while.