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Slain Robbery Suspect ID’d

Slain Robbery Suspect ID’d

The second fatal police shooting this year and the 30th by APD officers since 2010.

Updated with identity of slain suspect

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

Albuquerque police have identified the suspected carjacker officers fatally shot on Tuesday as 19-year-old Jose Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, also know as “Panther,” was killed shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday after he allegedly attempted a carjacking in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Northeast, APD spokesman Celina Espinoza said Wednesday. He was a suspect in a carjacking occurred in the area earlier this month, Espinoza added.

The carjacking call came to APD around 9:30 a.m., Espinoza said. “The male suspect was not successful in obtaining the victim’s vehicle. Officers immediately started searching for the suspect. They encountered a subject matching the suspect’s description near Central and Utah. Shots were fired. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene,” Espinoza added.

Rodriguez wasn’t carrying identification and was identified through a fingerprint match in the criminal justice database, Espinoza said. She added that a gun was found near the scene of the shooting, but did not say what kind of weapon it was.

Two officers, a male and a female, were involved in the shooting and have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues, Espinoza said. Both officers have been with APD since 2001.

It was the second fatal police shooting this year and the 30th by APD officers since 2010.

APD spokesman Simon Drobik said Tuesday that police dispatch got a call of a possible armed robbery around 10 a.m. near Central and Pennsylvania Southeast. Officers responded and caught up with a man who matched the description of the suspect on Utah Street just north of Central. Shots were fired and the suspect died, Drobik said.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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