Apr 24,2007 00:00
MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – A 21-year old Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy died Saturday night when he lost control of his patrol car and left the highway as he neared the end of his work shift. The deputy had only completed the police academy in December, officials reported.
According to Detective Mason with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Deputy Rodriguez was a Police Explorer with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office for several years prior to his graduation from the police academy in December 2006 when he became a certified police officer.
Roger Vanderpool, Arizona Department of Public Safety Director, stated, “It is devastating to lose such a young police officer. Deputy Rodriguez had his whole life in front of him. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.” He is survived by his mother and sister.
An investigation led by the Arizona Department of Public Safety is continuing.