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Midland Police Explain Tactics Used During Deadly Standoff

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by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The deadly standoff situation that happened on Monday got many people talking about how it was handled. That's why the Midland Police Department (MPD) held a press conference to discuss the tactics that were used. 

A bean bag, weighed down by about 40 grams of lead, was one of the tactics used during a deadly standoff in Midland. 

"It feels more along the lines of like a baseball hitting you at about 90mph," Allen Payne, a training coordinator for MPD said. 

It's what officers attempted to use to get 49-year-old Gino Rodriguez to drop his weapon. Rodriguez barricaded himself in his home for four hours in the 2700 block of West Washington Avenue. 

After negotiating failed, officers went into his home and found him in a small bedroom armed with a machete. When officers used what they call "Less Lethal" weapons, Rodriguez began swinging his weapon, striking one of the officers with the flat end. 

"They tried to negotiate first and then used the extended range impact weapons and then unfortunately the victim and the officers were put in a situation where deadly force had to be used," Price Robinson, Chief of the Midland Police Department, said. 

Officers typically use Less Lethal tactics when someone is armed with a sharp-edged weapon or is being extremely combative. 

"Reasonable doctrine states, this is basically our last option prior to deadly force. If this doesn't work, we're really out of options at that point, we've utilized everything from talking to our hands to potential chemical weapons, to impact weapons to these," Payne explained. "You're really kind of at a point where you're out of options besides that lethal force."

Authorities say officers are trained to aim for legs, arms, and the lower abdomen when using Less Lethal, but sometimes that's just not enough. 

"Officers were put in a situation where they had to use deadly force and those incidences like that happen in a millisecond," Chief Robinson said. 

The shooting is still under investigation by the Texas Rangers. NewsWest 9 will keep you updated as we get more information. 

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