FREMONT (CBS SF) – After arguing with a coworker, a Tesla employee quit his job, left the company’s Fremont plant to return, armed with an AR-15 phantom pistol, and has shot the man as he entered his Toyota Tundra in the parking lot, according to documents filed by police investigators.
Anthony Solima was charged with the special circumstances murder of Lee Braiser, 42, on Thursday. If found guilty, Solima faces the death penalty.
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In a document filed with the charges, Fremont Police Detective Michael Gebhardt gave a timeline of the deadly December 13 shooting based on evidence gathered so far.
READ: Criminal complaint against Anthony Solima
Colleagues told police Braiser was working alongside Solima at the Tesla factory on the morning of December 13 when some sort of verbal argument broke out between the two men.
Following the argument, Solima informed his supervisor that he was “resigning” and left Tesla’s facility at 11:22 a.m. He left behind various tools of his own, including a large red toolbox with his initials.
Colleagues told police they saw Braiser driving a modified company golf cart with Solima’s red toolbox on his bed around 2:30 p.m. He was driving the cart out of the factory and toward his parked vehicle.
“Moments later, colleagues in the parking lot” heard pops, “then saw a gray / Suburban truck quickly come out of the parking lot,” fishtailed “as it exited,” Gebhardt wrote in the document.
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An employee found Braiser’s body at around 3:10 p.m. A few minutes later, Tesla security called 911 to report the shooting to Fremont Police.
Firefighters and officers arrived at the scene and found Brasier suffering from at least one head injury. There were three bullet holes in the car door. His keys were still hanging from the lock on the door. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The window on the passenger side of the vehicle appeared to be broken and several .223 caliber sockets were
found near Brasier’s body.
A DMV registration check revealed that Solima had a gray 2002 Chevrolet registered to her name that matched the description of the suspect vehicle.
A few hours later, the police spotted Solima’s vehicle. They followed him to a 7-Eleven in Milpitas and arrested Solima. On the rear floor of the vehicle, officers located an AR-15 short-barreled “ghost gun”.
Investigators said the rifle contained an unfired cartridge in the magazine – a .223 caliber – which matched the used cartridges found in the Tesla parking lot. Empty envelopes were found on the driver’s floor and an unspent .223 cartridge in the center console.
Gebhardt wrote that investigators also found an email Solima sent to someone on December 13 after he quit his job and left Tesla’s property, before the shooting.
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The email read, “Tell my daughter I love her. The game you played is over, I know who you are. [redacted] you’re fine – Solima ”