Suspect identified in Tuesday’s Albuquerque officer involved shooting

Jose Rodriquez
Jose Rodriquez

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police have identified the man who was shot and killed in a confrontation with officers Tuesday as 19-year-old Jose Rodriquez, aka ‘Panther’.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says officers responded to a call reporting an attempted carjacking Tuesday morning near Central Avenue in northeast Albuquerque.

When officers arrived, they started searching for the suspect and gunfire erupted after officers found him.

A gun was found at the scene.

So far this year, there have been more than a half-dozen shootings by police officers in Albuquerque. Three have been fatal, including Tuesday’s shooting.

Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

Rodriguez did not have any identification on him at the scene and was later positively identified through a latent print match in a criminal justice database. Rodriguez was also a suspect in a previous carjacking which occurred earlier this month in the same area.

Last year, six people were killed in confrontations with Albuquerque police as the Justice Department conducted an investigation and entered into a consent-decree with the city following allegations over excessive use of force by police.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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