Court documents shed light on Rodella investigation

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Newly released court documents shed more light on the federal investigation of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella.

According to the documents, FBI agents wanted Rodella’s badge to test it for DNA when they raided his home a few months ago.

Rodella and his son were indicted on federal charges this month accused of misuse of power.

The feds say he was off-duty back in March when he roughed up a driver and lied about it. According to the motorist says Rodella shoved his badge in his face and that’s why the feds want to test it for DNA.

The documents also show investigators were searching for a silver handgun Rodella may have had during the altercation.

Meanwhile, Rodella has now asked the chief of state police to investigate possible misconduct by Rio Arriba County employees. No one has said which employees specifically.

Some county commissioners had given Rodella until Tuesday to step down as sheriff but he has said he will not.

He has had his law enforcement certification suspended wich means he can’t have a gun and can’t arrest or ticket anyone. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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