Police have identified a man who they believe killed his ex-girlfriend before shooting himself inside an East San Jose townhouse last week as 40-year-old San Jose resident Shon Box.
The shooting occurred last Wednesday at a two-story townhouse in the 100 block of Rose Lane, near Capitol Expressway.
Box had arrived at the townhouse late that morning holding a Bible and telling his ex-girlfriend, 30-year-old Miriam Olivo, that he wanted to talk to her, police spokesman Dirk Parsons said.
Box and Olivo had briefly dated and Olivo had told Box she wanted a break from the relationship the previous weekend, Parsons said.
When police arrived at about noon on Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from a witness, officers began evacuating nearby homes and tried to communicate with Olivo and Box from the driveway of the townhouse, Parsons said.
At one point, Box, who could be seen through a window, held up a gun to his head and repeatedly told an officer that he was going to kill himself, Parsons said.
Box disappeared and Olivo appeared in the window and told an officer that she was OK, but when the officer tried engaging her in conversation, she moved out of sight, Parsons said.
A short time later, two gunshots were fired. Not knowing the status of Box and Olivo, police continued to stake out the home for several hours. When officers entered the townhouse at about 3:30 p.m., they found the two bodies inside.