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March Held to Remember Mentally Ill Man Killed by Police

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The family of a mentally ill man killed by police in December of 2014 remembered him on Wednesday.

Wednesday would have been Gino Rodriquez's 50th birthday.

His family marched from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to the Midland Courthouse.

In a statement, the family said they are hoping to have records opened in the case because they feel that the shooting was not warranted.

But his family says they only want to do one thing.

“To remember him. He will never be forgotten,” said family member, Yolanda Reyes.

Police were cleared in the shooting.

Gino Rodriquez was shot after he attacked officers with a machete in his home.

Police were initially called to check on him after a call from a family member.

A standoff with police followed.

According to the investigation report, officers used bean bag rounds in an effort to force Rodriquez to drop the machete but he refused.

Rodriquez continued to swing his weapon at officers that's when he was shot.

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