A Tesla employee has been arrested by Fremont Police Department on suspicion of shooting a colleague in the Fremont factory car park. As we reported yesterday, the police department released information that the case was being taken over by the homicide department as it had been deemed a “suspicious death”.
The police have now released a more detailed statement, announcing that they have arrested 29-year-old Anthony Solima of Milpitas on a murder charge.
They explained in the statement:
“Homicide detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation. They learned that the victim and had just finished a shift at the Tesla manufacturing factory before being shot in the parking lot as he left. Within several hours, detectives developed leads on a potential suspect who
also worked with the victim. Detectives learned that the victim and suspect had been arguing earlier in the day, and that the suspect had suddenly walked off the job.”
Solima was taken into custody without issue in Milpitas late last night:
Solima was transported to FPD where he was interviewed by homicide detectives before being booked at Santa Rita Jail. This investigation remains active as detectives continue with additional follow up. There are no outstanding suspects, and detectives do not believe there is any additional risk to the community.
A photograph of the suspect was released, and a rifle that had been seized from his car was shown. The police withheld the victim’s name while his identification is verified by the coroner, but they did say that both the victim and the suspect worked for Tesla. With the inquiry ongoing, it is unclear how Tesla is involved and whether it’s having an impact on the Fremont factory at this time.