Sheriff: Man murdered father, shot at deputies

An argument over possession of an air conditioning unit Friday led to a murder and a shooting with Johnson County Sheriff's Office deputies, Sheriff Bob Alford said.

Omar Rodriguez, 48, is believed to have taken a cooling unit from the Cleburne home of his father, Manuel Rodriguez, 72, who asked to discuss it with his son. Manuel is believed to have been shot by Omar.

Manuel's daughter, who resides with her father, alerted the sheriff's office to the shooting at 9:22 p.m. Friday. She transported her father to a hospital, where he died as a result of a gunshot wound to his abdomen, according t the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.

Omar barricaded himself in an adjoining residence, refusing to exit. Deputies heard him shoot an unknown firearm four times in the home.

"We didn't know what he was shooting at," Alford said. "We didn't believe he was shooting at us."

Deputies believed the call had advanced into a murder-suicide and entered the home on search and arrest warrants. That's when they were met by gunfire from Omar, Alford said. A deputy returned fire, striking Omar in the left shoulder area.

A second deputy was treated and released from Texas Health Cleburne for wounds related to debris from a wall hit while Omar was firing at deputies. Later, the deputy was found to have "bullet burn" on an arm, Alford said.

"You've heard of a bullet grazing someone in the Old West," he said. "That's what a bullet burn is."

Omar is presently being held in custody in John Peter Smith hospital. His wound is not believed to be life-threatening.

He will face murder charges for the shooting of his father and could face an attempted capital murder charge for his role in shooting at deputies.

The Texas Rangers have been asked to investigate the sheriff's office's role in the shootout, as is policy Alford said, while the sheriff's office is investigating the murder.

He's relieved no deputy was seriously injured in the shooting.

"Everyone went home," Alford said.

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