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December 6, 2022

MH man a victim in San Jose homicide

Michael Munns III died in hospital Jan. 12

A Morgan Hill man died in the hospital Jan. 12 as a result of an accidental shooting that occurred in San Jose about a month earlier, according to police.

The death is San Jose’s first homicide of 2020.

About 1:40am Dec. 13, San Jose police responded to a report of an accidental shooting in the 4000 block of Formby Court, according to a press release from the San Jose Police Department. When officers arrived on scene, the involved parties were gone. Police determined those involved drove the 21-year-old male victim to a local hospital.

Cole Gregory Halvorson

Police responded to the hospital and detained three adult males who were with the victim, authorities said. The victim was suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.

An investigation found that one of those arrested, Cole Gregory Halvorson, 18, of San Jose, was a passenger in a vehicle with the other detainees when he shot the victim, police said.

Halvorson was arrested Dec. 13 at the hospital and booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of narcotics with a firearm and possession of a loaded unregistered firearm, police said.

The victim remained in the hospital undergoing treatment, and was pronounced dead Jan. 12, according to authorities. The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Officer identified the victim as Michael Munns III, 21, of Morgan Hill.

Michael Munns III

Halvorson remains in custody at the county jail. San Jose homicide detectives will present the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office to determine if the charges against the suspect will be amended, according to authorities.

Anyone with information about this case can contact San Jose Police Detective Sgt. Ali Miri or Detective Gabriel Cuenca at (408) 277-5283.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867). Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

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