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17/05/1995 Shawn Nelson steals a tank in San Diego and proceeds to go on a rampage

Shawn Timothy Nelson was an American plumber and U.S. Army veteran who stole an M60A3 Patton tank from a U.S. National Guard armory in San Diego, California and went on a rampage. He destroyed cars, fire hydrants, and an RV before being shot and killed by a policeman.


  • Essentials 

  • Shawn Nelson (San Diego Tank Rampage) 

  • Prior to the incident 

  • Tank rampage 

  • Armory security