Laredo, Texas – Authorities have finally released the entire chain of events leading to the death of a murder suspect and injuries to four police officers in a shootout.
Officials claim that the police received a 911 call regarding a 50-year old woman, Reyna Zamora Gonzalez, who hadn’t shown up for work for the last couple of days. The call was reportedly received from a concerned co-worker of the woman. Officials claim that the call was made by a woman employee of the same company where Reyna Zamora Gonzalez worked and she looked genuinely concerned about her.
Officials claim that it was around 11:07 a.m. when the call was received by Laredo Police Emergency Communications Center. The co-worker of Reyna Zamora Gonzalez also told the police at the same time that Gonzalez’ boyfriend, 55 year-old Antonio Rodriguez, or Tony, had called the restaurant telling them to send for an ambulance to check on Gonzalez. When police arrived to the 400 block of Travis they found her body in the upstairs bedroom with a gunshot wound to her chest.
Following the discovery of the body of the 50-year old woman, officials reportedly called Rodriguez who had been using the victim’s cellphone, but after a quick exchange he hung up and never answered again.
As the woman was confirmed, dead, Webb County District Attorney’s office authorized an arrest warrant on a murder charge against him. Officials claim that around 5:00 p.m., six hours since the homicide was reported, Rodriguez pulled into a convenience store on McPherson and Hillside. As police closed in on him, he began opening fire. Four officers were left injured.
Police spokesman, Joe Baeza said that the officials wanted to question him regarding the suspicious death of his girl friend. Authorities claim that as they were searching Antonio Gerardo Rodriguez’s whereabouts, they spotted a vehicle similar to his car at around 4:20 p.m. in the parking lot of a convenience store.