Alleged shooter released while probe continues
Posted by John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press February 19, 2008 17:52PM
Categories: Breaking News
GRAND RAPIDS -- The alleged shooter in a slaying at a Boston Square gas station has been released from jail while Kent County prosecutors review police reports.
Gabriel Rodriguez, 48, was shot in the head Monday afternoon after a confrontation with a customer -- an acquaintance -- near the pumps at the Shell station at 1562 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. The alleged shooter, a 41-year-old man with no criminal record, sat and waited for police to arrive.
Police said that the victim lunged at the other man with an undisclosed object in his hand before he was shot in the head. Police said that Rodriguez later died at St. Mary's Health Care, with his family around him. Hospital spokeswoman Micki Benz said the hospital had no record of Rodriguez being treated there.
Prosecutor William Forsyth met with detectives Tuesday, and decided that the alleged shooter should be released from the Kent County Jail pending further investigation. The man was held overnight, then released Tuesday afternoon, jail records showed.
Forsyth said no timetable had been set to determine if the alleged shooter should face charges. He was originally held on suspicion of attempted murder.
"We've got to look at a number of things. There's some things police need to track down," Forsyth said.
Neither he nor police Capt. Jeffrey Hertel would disclose the object Rodriguez allegedly had in his hand when he lunged at the other man.
Self-defense "will be a theory Mr. Forsyth has to decide," Hertel said.
Police said the victim and alleged shooter had crossed paths before, but would not elaborate. Hertel said police did not want to disclose what was said before the shooting until Forsyth issued a ruling.
Police said that Rodriguez, who lives across the street from the station, was picking up trash around the station when he and a man started arguing. The other man fired a single shot from a handgun, then stood over the victim.