- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say a southwest Idaho man shot and killed by police spent decades in prison before being released in February.

Fifty-year-old Noel Rodriguez of Caldwell died Tuesday when a Boise police officer opened fire after authorities say Rodriguez rammed police vehicles with his vehicle.

Rodriguez was sentenced in 1992 to life in prison following the beating death of a 29-year-old woman in Wilder.

The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole approved his parole petition on Dec. 18 and he was released Feb. 12.

Police say an officer on Tuesday responded to a report of a drunk driver, and that Rodriguez assaulted the officer with a sharp tool and sped away.

Police say they made contact again a short time later and Rodriguez rammed police vehicles.

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