According to Pasadena Police Chief John Bruegger, the 18-year-old was wanted for bail forfeiture in connection with a homicide charge. The police department later identified him as Alberto Rodriguez Jr.
Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force arrived at the hotel shortly before 10 a.m. to serve his arrest warrant. The team included officers from the Pasadena Police Department and US Marshalls.
Bruegger said the task force was in the parking lot preparing to serve the warrant when Rodriguez approached them. Apparently, he wasn’t following the team’s verbal requests.
He then lifted his shirt showing two handguns in his belt and started to reach for one. It was then that two members of the task force shot him several times.
Brueggar said the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the shooting. The county district attorney’s office will also be involved, as well as the Pasadena Department’s Internal Affairs and Investigations units.
Asked about the Rodriguezes, the Pasadena chief said his death was tragic for everyone involved.
“He still has a mother, a father,” he said. “It is a traumatic event, regardless of the circumstances for the officers involved. Taking a human life is a big deal.
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The gendarmes responded on the spot to help another agency to execute an arrest warrant.
The suspect was shot and injured. ESD 11 and firefighters on site. AVOID THE AREA. pic.twitter.com/uEJc1360qu
— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable, Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) February 16, 2022
@HCSOTexas Investigators and CSU are responding to a shooting involving an officer at 16620 North Freeway. Preliminary information: Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force were attempting to apprehend a murder suspect. The suspect recovered a pistol and two members of the (1/2) pic.twitter.com/UIyyDr6IaK
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) February 16, 2022