San Jose police slaying investigation leads detectives to Paradise

Mar 25, 2015 5:27 PM by News Staff

Police say the man who shot and killed a 14-year-veteran with the San Jose Police Department Tuesday night may have spoken with one of his daughters in Paradise, just moments before he opened fire on three officers.

Police say 57-year-old Scott Dunham killed San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson, a 14-year veteran, on Tuesday night.

Johnson and other officers were responding to the apartment following a request for a welfare check on Dunham. Paradise Police Lt. Steve Rowe told Action News Now one of the daughters called the San Jose Police Department from Paradise, requesting the welfare check.

A short time after the shooting in San Jose was reported, a person called the Paradise Police Department seeking a local mental health service for one of Dunham's daughters. According to Rowe, just minutes after they received that call, the San Jose Police Department called and requested that an officer make contact with both of Dunham's daughters.

San Jose investigators drove to Paradise early Wednesday morning to speak with Dunham's daughter.

Dunham was found dead at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday on his balcony with at least one gunshot wound. It was unclear if he killed himself or died when officers returned fire.

Action News Now Reporter Cecile Juliette will have a full report tonight at 5 and 6.


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