(East Bay Times) OAKLAND — A 43-year-old Auburn man found fatally shot Monday morning inside his tow truck was identified by police Thursday as Tim Nielsen, who was in Oakland on a repossession assignment, officials said.
But whether he was killed trying to repossess a vehicle or for some other reason has not been determined yet by homicide investigators.
Nielsen, the father of four children who was engaged to be married, was found dead about 4:13 a.m. Monday inside his 2019 Ford F450 tow truck that had crashed into a building in the 1800 block of East 12th Street at 19th Avenue.
It was not until his body was taken to the coroner’s officer that it was discovered he had been shot in the torso.
Investigators believe he was shot a few blocks from where he was found and was able to drive away before crashing. Police have not said exactly where they believe he was shot. No arrests have been made.