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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

[US] [FL] Wife of U.S. Border Agent Rodriguez flees home & he wages an armed standoff with SWAT (Everyone's alive!)

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent is hospitalized today after a weekend argument with his wife at their suburban West Palm Beach home escalated into an armed standoff with Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies... He was booked on multiple charges, including aggravated armed assault on a law enforcement officer... Family members said Rodriguez had revealed suicidal thoughts because of marital problems and stress from his Border Patrol job. According to reports, deputies were called Saturday night to Rodriguez' home because of a domestic dispute between the officer and his wife...

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION PATROL OFFICER SHOT AND ARRESTED
WPTV
Reported by: David Gould dmgould@wptv.com
Dec. 28, 2009
[Excerpts] US Customs and Border Protection officer Luis Rodriguez told family members that he wanted to be shot to death during a confrontation with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Rodriguez in his arrest report says that he was suicidal due to marital problems as well as the stress of his law enforcement job. Early... Deputies say that Rodriguez was armed with a semi-automatic handgun which he pointed at them. Officers fearing for their safety shot Luis Rodriguez in the stomach... Luis Rodriguez has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer. [Full article here]

FLA. BORDER PATROL AGENT ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF
The Associated Press
Dec. 28, 2009
[Excerpts] ...Authorities say a domestic dispute between Rodriguez and his wife escalated into an armed standoff that ended with Rodriguez being shot by a sheriff's deputy with a non-lethal weapon. They say Rodriguez pointed a gun at deputies. He was booked on multiple charges, including aggravated armed assault on a law enforcement officer... [Full article here]

BORDER AGENT CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ARMED ASSAULT ON 2 SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
By Eliot Kleinberg
Dec. 28, 2009
[Excerpts] A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent is hospitalized today after a weekend argument with his wife at their suburban West Palm Beach home escalated into an armed standoff with Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies, authorities said. One deputy shot Luis Paul Rodriguez with a "knock down" rubber bullet, while another deputy fired his assault rifle but missed, after Rodriguez pointed a handgun at them... Rodriguez, 52, had called 911 to say he planned to shoot deputies in the knees to prompt them to kill him, reports said. The agent, hit in the abdomen with a shot from the 40-millimeter rubber bullet, was taken to Delray Medical Center after the incident for a bite by a police dog... Ron Smith, a spokesman in Washington for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said today the agency was doing an internal investigation. He said Rodriguez had been with the agency since 1987... Rodriguez' mother was in the home, but he never threatened her, the sheriff's office said. Family members said Rodriguez had revealed suicidal thoughts because of marital problems and stress from his Border Patrol job. According to reports, deputies were called Saturday night to Rodriguez' home, near Jog Road and Okeechobee Boulevard because of a domestic dispute between the officer and his wife. The wife left, and deputies left as well. Deputies returned around 1:30 a.m. Sunday because Rodriguez had called 911 saying he planned to come out, armed; and while he refused to kill a fellow law enforcement officer, he was prepared to shoot arriving deputies in the knees to prompt them to shoot back and kill him. The report said Rodriguez then stepped outside armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. He swept it toward Burdick and another deputy and Burdick fired his rifle, missing Rodriguez as the agent dashed back inside. He eventually came out with his hands up and his handgun in his waistband. While he didn't appear to be reaching for his gun, he also ignored orders to get down, and that's when Wood shot him with the non-lethal gun, the report said. Rodriguez then walked back into his home, again ignoring the deputies' orders. At that point, deputies called for the sheriff's SWAT team and police dogs, and after a standoff, Rodriguez came out a third time around 4 a.m. and finally surrendered after yet another scuffle in which the dog bit him, the sheriff's office said. The special weapon used to shoot Rodriguez is larger than a handgun but smaller than a rifle and is more of a launcher than a gun, the sheriff's office said. It fires a 4-inch long, 1.6-inch diameter sponge-nosed plastic projectile that weighs 1.1 ounces. According to the manufacturer, Defense Technology, the projectile is "most commonly used by tactical teams in situations where maximum deliverable energy is desired for the incapacitation of an aggressive, non-compliant subject." http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/border-agent-charged-with-aggravated-armed-assault-on-152760.html
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4 comments:

  1. Very Surprised at his actions...

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  2. I was wondering if this is the same Luis Rodriguez, who went to Florida Bible College back in the 70's. If so, he was always a kind and compassionate man. It sounds like he had an emotional breakdown.

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  3. Those that worked for him were not surprised at all....

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