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APD released details of recent officer-involved shooting in NE Albuquerque

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department released details today of an officer-involved shooting that followed an armed carjacking in October.

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT

Date of Incident: Oct. 6, 2022

Location: 1404 Betts St. NE

 

Carjacking

A victim of a carjacking called 911 on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2020 at 5:38 p.m. to report that man had taken her vehicle at gunpoint from the Woodberry Apartments, located at 6300 Montgomery Blvd., N.E. Officers in the Northeast Area Command arrived at the apartment complex, which is just east of San Pedro Dr., N.E. The victim told officers that she parked her Honda Civic in the lot and noticed an unknown male exit a vehicle nearby. The man approached the victim with a screwdriver and demanded the keys to her car, and as she gave him the keys, he brandished a black firearm and demanded her wallet, which was still inside her car. The man took the keys and drove the vehicle from the apartment complex.

 

Exchange of gunfire

The victim used a GPS device to track her vehicle to a residence at 1404 Betts St., N.E.

 

Detectives were dispatched to the home where they conducted surveillance and saw a man who matched the description of the offender. Detectives established a perimeter around the residence at 7 p.m. and began public address announcements to announce their presence and commands for the occupants to exit the house.

 

Two individuals exited the home. An additional male who matched the description of the carjacking suspect also walked out, but re-entered the home after officers gave commands for him to surrender.

 

Two detectives, who were positioned behind the residence, saw a man attempt to exit through a back patio door. They gave commands for him to surrender, but he refused and fled back inside the residence.

 

A short time later, at 8:01 p.m., a male was observed attempting to climb out a back window. Detectives gave commands, and he went back inside the residence. After re-entering the residence, the male re-appeared at the window and fired a handgun at officers. One detective returned fire. Nobody was struck during the exchange of gunfire.

 

Following the exchange of gunfire, a male identified as Jacob Cormier, exited the residence and was taken into custody. He informed officers that a fourth individual was still inside the residence. Cormier was arrested and booked on an outstanding felony warrant.

 

SWAT officers eventually arrived at the residence. After searching the home with a drone, officers developed an entry plan and entered the residence. They located the fourth individual hiding behind drywall behind a water heater. The subject was identified as Daniel Rodriguez.

 

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence, where they located a black handgun. The gun had been reported stolen in June 2022. Investigators later determined the handgun was likely the same firearm used to fire shots at detectives on the night of the incident.

 

Rodriguez, 28, was booked into the Metro Detention Center the night of the shooting. He was found to have violated probation and sentenced to prison for the remainder of his sentence, which was approximately three years.

 

Rodriguez was charged on Nov. 17, 2022, in connection to this carjacking and shooting. He was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault up on a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

 

Subject: Daniel Rodriguez, 28

 

The Involved Officer is a detective who works in a sensitive role. His name is being withheld. The detective, who has been with the department since 2005, has not been involved in prior officer-involved shootings.

 

Over the next several months, APD will continue to investigate and analyze this incident. Detectives will continue interviewing any new witnesses that come forward and complete any forensic tests. After the investigation is complete, APD’s Force Review Board will forward the findings to the Superintendent of Police Reform to determine if this incident met the high standards of the Albuquerque Police Department. The Multi-Agency Task Force will forward its case to the District Attorney’s Office to make any determination of criminal charges.

 

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