Truck borrowed, shots fired
Police flocked to Clark Field on Tuesday night because of gunshots over a truck that wasn’t being stolen.
Socorro Police Department Detective Richard Lopez said police received a call about 9 p.m. May 21 reporting shots fired at Clark Field. Officers responded, securing the scene and detaining a possible suspect.
Lopez said the suspect, Eddie Rodarte, had borrowed his cousin’s truck and was at the park with friends and family when he saw the truck driving away.
Lopez said when Rodarte saw the truck leaving, he ran after it, firing his 9 mm Taurus handgun. He said at first Rodarte denied shooting the gun, but police found a live round and spent shell casings along South California Street by Clark Field.
The person who drove the pickup away from Clark Field was the wife of the man who owns the pickup, Lopez said. She had seen the truck at the park and decided to drive it home.
The criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court states one of Rodarte’s companions at the park ran to his vehicle and tried to follow the truck, but lost sight of it on Highway 85 and returned to Clark Field. When he returned, the truck was back at the park. Shortly after that police arrived.
Lopez said Rodarte eventually admitted he fired shots in the air, then gave the handgun to a friend to remove from the scene. The gun was later returned to the scene by a third man for police to take into evidence.
Rodarte did not know it was his cousin’s wife who had taken the truck or he wouldn’t have chased her, according to the criminal complaint.
Rodarte was arrested for negligent use of a firearm, a petty misdemeanor, and misdemeanor tampering with evidence for having the gun taken from the scene, Lopez said.
Rodarte told police he never shot at anybody; he only fired in the air to try to stop the driver from taking the truck.
“But that’s still negligent use of a firearm,” Lopez said. “And it’s not legal to do so.”