No charges filed for Topeka officers involved in fatal shooting

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Shawnee County District Attorney on Friday has said that no criminal charges will be filed against four Topeka police officers involved in a fatal shooting of a 19-year-old that occurred on Saturday December 13, 2014.

“After a throughout review of all the materials, the four officers were properly within the bounds of the law when they shot Mr. Rodriguez,” said Shawnee County DA Chad Taylor.

The incident happened early that Saturday morning near SW 6th & Buchanan. Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance, where Joseph Michael Rodriquez had reportedly strangled a female victim. Officers located Rodriquez later armed with a handgun. He was actively pointing the handgun at bystanders and at police on the scene. Officers asked Rodriquez to drop the weapon. He refused these orders and was then shot by officers on the scene and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Taylor said that he was able to be at the scene within 15 minutes of the shooting.

“I got there and there are protocols that we have to go through.”

A passerby actually caught the shooting on cell phone and officers wearing body cams helped them reconstruct much of what happened on that day.

“Being there in real time and watching it unfold made it much better, you’re watching it develop, you know what the guy said as its occurring as opposed to weeks later, we were able to expedite this.”

The four officers have a combined 58 years of service on the Topeka Police force.

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