Shane Coffman kissed his wife goodbye, and opened the garage door in his San Jose home — expecting to slip on his shoes, drive his stepdaughter to Chinese school, and face a typical Monday morning at work. Instead the electrical engineer faced his wife’s ex-boyfriend.
He had a gun. It was pointed right at Coffman.
Before Coffman’s five-hour ordeal was over, he had dodged a hail of bullets, sprinting down the street in his socks. Neighboring townhomes and a mobile home park were evacuated, and San Jose police flooded the area, believing Coffman’s wife was being held hostage.
But Ying “Brandi” He was dead, slain in her kitchen in front of her 9-year-old daughter. After fatally shooting her, Jian Ming “Nelson” Liang turned the gun on himself, according to police.
On Thursday, for the first time since the murder-suicide in their Montecito Vista townhouse, Coffman told his story in an exclusive interview with the Mercury News. He described how his pretty, cheerful wife had come into his life after leaving China and then her obsessive, troubled boyfriend. He described in detail what happened that day as the bullets cut past him, one tearing his earlobe. And he told of his grief and confusion that no one could save his wife.
“We were starting a very good life together,” Coffman said. “We just bought a house. We were elated. Life was good. Now I have to accept what happened and deal with the consequences.”
“But I’m also asking, ‘Is there something…