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Updated Jul 30, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Driver fatally shot after Tempe collision, altercation

TEMPE, Ariz. — A passenger in an SUV was fatally shot after a collision
with a car at an intersection during the Phoenix area’s Tuesday morning commute.
However, the incident apparently wasn’t random road rage, police said.

At least some of the people in two vehicles whose occupants were allegedly
involved in the collision and the subsequent shooting knew each other and a
chase of some sort preceded the collision, Sgt. Michael Pooley, a police
spokesman, said.

“It ended up here,” Pooley said of the intersection in Tempe.

Pooley identified the man fatally wounded as 21-year-old Zachary Rodriguez of
Tempe. Rodriguez was shot at least once in the head while in the SUV, Pooley

The 22-year-old driver of the car struck from behind by the SUV was in police
custody but was not immediately booked into jail, Poole said.

“This isn’t a random type of deal. These guys knew each other. We don’t know
the relationship. … We know there was some kind of relationship between the
suspect and the victim and a female,” Pooley said, referring to a woman who was
a passenger in the car.

After the shooting, a federal Department of Homeland Security agent driving
through the intersection on his way to work stopped, got out of his vehicle and
disarmed the car’s driver, detaining him until police arrived.

“The suspect was very compliant,” Pooley said.

Bystanders giving aid to the wounded man had told the federal agent that
there’d been a shooting, and they identified the suspect to him, Pooley said.

The intersection was reopened about 4 p.m.


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