Man arrested after SWAT standoff faces possible life sentence 

The man arrested in connection with a shooting after a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team in the Outer Mission last week faces a possible life sentence after being charged with numerous felonies, including aggravated mayhem, and one misdemeanor this week, according to court records.

Carl Ray Nelson, a 54-year-old San Francisco resident, will be arraigned on the charges Wednesday, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Nelson was arrested March 13 after allegedly shooting a man in the leg in the 2800 block of Alemany Boulevard. The victim was hospitalized with injuries not considered to be life threatening.

The incident reportedly started about 3:10 a.m. when Nelson confronted the victim, who was with an acquaintance, and Nelson asked them to stop talking outside his residence, an RV that was parked on Alemany Boulevard. He then is alleged to have pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the leg.

Nelson then reportedly barricaded himself inside his RV and for the next several hours ignored police requests for contact. A hostage negotiator, along with the SWAT team, was called out and got Nelson to surrender to police about 8:30 a.m.

Nelson faces a total of nine charges, including one count of aggravated mayhem - a charge that can be punishable with a life sentence - one count of assault with a firearm, two counts of criminal threats, three counts of firearm possession by a felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a felon, and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a switchblade, according to court records.

This is not Nelson's first brush with the law. Court records indicate that he is currently on felony probation out of San Mateo County on receiving stolen property charges. Records also indicate that he had a prior conviction for voluntary manslaughter in San Francisco in 1989.

Nelson is currently in custody and his bail is set at $1 million. He is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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