- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 19-year-old man suspected of attempted carjacking pointed a gun at an officer before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said Thursday.

Police released video footage from the Dec. 22 shooting that shows Jose Rodriguez walking down a sidewalk in a hooded sweatshirt and red shorts as a patrol car pulls alongside him and stops.

A male officer tells Rodriguez to take his hands out of his pockets before the lapel camera’s focus cuts away from the suspect for a brief moment.

Within about a second, shots are fired and the teen is seen lying, motionless on a sidewalk near a gate, with a gun on the ground near him.

“Stay down,” the police officer yelled. “Shots fired, shots fired.”



Police said in a news release that Rodriguez appeared to point a gun at Officer Andrew Quillman before he was shot. That moment could not be seen in the video footage.

Police identified Quillman and Shawana Romero as the two officers involved in the incident.

Romero and Quillman told investigators that Rodriguez refused to obey their commands when they approached him.

Police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik said Romero and Quillman have been with the department since 2001 and had not been involved in any prior shootings.

Before his fatal encounter with police, Rodriguez had tried to take another man’s car at gunpoint, Drobik said. The vehicle had a manual transmission and Rodriguez could not drive a standard shift, so he demanded cash and left on foot, police said.

Investigators said the victim identified Rodriguez as the man who had pointed a gun at his head during the attempted carjacking.

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