Remembering Our Fallen Officers Killed in the Line of Duty:
Officer Jaime P. Rodriquez was employed by the Andrews Police Department
and was assigned as a Sergeant to the Trans-Pecos Task Force. Sgt. Rodriquez was shot and killed while conducting a drug search of a Greyhound bus in Pecos, Texas at 1000 hours.
He and two other members of the task force had boarded the bus, which was traveling from Abilene to El Paso, Texas and were questioning a suspect.
When Sgt. Rodriguez asked the man for identification, the suspect produced a handgun from behind his back. A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to fire two shots, striking Sgt. Rodriguez in the stomach and chest, and a bystander in the back. The other deputies on the bus returned fire and killed the suspect. Sergeant Rodriguez was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Sgt. Rodriguez had been a member of the Andrews Police Department for 9 months, and had previously served the Reeves County Texas Sheriff's Office, Alpine Texas Police Department, Sul Ross University Police Department, Brewster County Texas Sheriff Office, and the U.S. Border Patrol. During his tenure, Sgt. Rodriguez was assigned to the Trans-Pecos Task Force for five years.
He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
End of Watch: Thursday, May 16, 2002
Cause of Death: Gunfire