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Residents React to Midland Standoff; Family Says Subject Needed Mental Help Long Ago

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - As you can imagine, it was nothing but tense moments for residents who live near the standoff on W. Washington in Midland.

The family of the Gino Rodriguez who lived in the home on the 2700 block of West Washington in Midland, is devastated that he lost his life before getting the proper help he needed to treat his mental illness.

In the video, you will see exclusive footage from just feet away from the barricaded scene Monday morning.

"I was getting ready to leave and they told us that we had to stay in our homes and wouldn't really tell us what's going on," A neighbor, who wished to protect her identity, said.

In a phone conversation with Gino Rodriguez's family, they tell me they had been trying to get him the mental help he needs for months because he had gotten worse, and they never knew him as someone who owns a gun.

Neighbors, however, knew Gino as someone who stirred up trouble.

"Friday, my son-in-law was parked outside of my house, then the man started yelling things at him. Then my son-in-law just left. [Gino] has parties there and it seems like there's always violence. He's violent," A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

The neighbor saw police knocking on Gino's door Monday morning.

"He never opened the door for the police, then I saw him fire shots at them. I ran to tell my neighbor who lives next to him, to not go outside with her daughter. I ran outside, then I came back and was watching the whole thing through my window," The neighbor said.

In her 15 years living in the neighborhood, never has she seen anything like this.

Other neighbors agree.

"Kinda scary. I thought somebody maybe shot someone," Another neighbor said.

"It's a phenomenal thing that happens," Neighbor, William Shannon, said.

Shannon lives a block away from the scene. In his 11 years in the neighborhood, he tells me police have responded to his street on more than one occasion.

"Doesn't bother me as long as they stay down [the street]," Shannon said.

Collectively, neighbors say that after this incident, their goal is to be more aware of their surroundings and to be more familiar with who lives next door.

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