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Man Shot by Police Following Four Hour Standoff

by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Hundreds of law enforcement swarmed a neighborhood in Midland on Monday morning. It all started when mental health officials with the Midland County Sheriff's Department performed a welfare check on someone who they've dealt with in the past. 

"It is to my understanding that law enforcement had an idea of who this individual was and that they had some history with law enforcement," Sara Bustilloz with the Midland Police Department, said. 

When officers approached 49-year-old Rosendo Gino Rodriguez, he began acting aggressively. That's when he barricaded himself in his home for four hours. 

"We were called out immediately after the subject proved to be aggressive. This was a regular check for them but obviously did not end in a routine way," Bustilloz said. 

Several blocks in the neighborhood were blocked off and nearby houses were evacuated.

After hours of negotiating, officers went into the home. That's when they found Rodriguez in a small bedroom armed with a machete. Officers attempted to use non-lethal bullets to get him to drop his weapon but he started swinging the machete at them, hitting one of the officers with the flat end. Officers then shot and killed Rodriguez. 

"This is not how we want these situations to end. We want them to end without incident and we do everything in our power to make sure that we can try and do it that way first," Bustilloz said. 

A Midland County deputy received minor injuries from shattered glass during the standoff and was treated on scene.

Per normal protocol, the two officers involved in the altercation, who are identified as Sgt. Mitch Russell and Officer Sean Sharp, will be placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers. 
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