DPS identifies man killed in Arizona shootout, suspect who was arrested

Marcos Ricardo Ruiz-Zazueta was the driver of the vehicle during the police chase. Rodolfo Ballardo was the passenger engaging in the shoot-out with police and later died.

QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (AP) - A man killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers in Arizona has been identified as being from California.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the man was 34-year-old Rodolfo Ballardo of Wasco, a Central Valley farming community.

The DPS says Ballardo fired at a state trooper during an Interstate 10 traffic stop, led officers on a chase, hijacked a tractor-trailer and shot at U.S. Border Patrol agents before the fatal shootout in Quartzsite with officers from three agencies.

The DPS says 43-year-old Mexican national Marcos Ricardo Ruiz-Zazueta was driving the car in which Ballardo was a passenger and has been arrested on suspicion of drug offenses in addition to felony murder in Ballardo's death.

It's not immediately known whether Ruiz-Zazueta has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

© 2017 Associated Press


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