TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Road rage was the suspected motive in a fatal shooting of a man initially believed to have died due to a Tucson car crash, police said Saturday.
Dallas Combs, 40, was jailed in lieu of $1 million bond after being arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the Jan. 4 death of 29-year-old Johnny J. Rodriguez, police said in a statement.
Police said officers responded to a reported single-vehicle crash where firefighters were rendering aid to Rodriguez, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
However, an Jan. 6 autopsy revealed that Rodriguez “had sustained gunshot trauma prior the the vehicle collision," police said.
An investigation that included interviews and surveillance video led to the arrest Friday of Combs who surrendered after a standoff that lasted several hours while he barricaded himself in a stolen car, police said.
The police statement said investigators determined that Rodriguez was shot by a person in another vehicle, and a police spokesman, Sgt. Francisco Magos, told The Associated Press that detectives believed the incident “started as road rage."
Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Combs who could comment on his behalf regarding the allegation.