Rodriguez and his friends were apparently involved in some sort of shooting feud with another group of young people early Saturday morning. When deputies responded to the call of “shots fired” at a home in Bonaire they were directed to Rodriguez at a home in Kathleen.
Exactly how the earlier shooting started in Bonaire is unclear but the GBI says Deputy John Burgess fired three rounds after he spotted Rodriguez pointing a gun at the officers. One of those rounds hit Rodriguez girlfriend, she remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Rodriguez, who is now in stable condition at MCCG, won’t be alone in facing charges. 22-year-old Aasin Raffield and 20 year old Lane McClemore are also charged in the Bonaire shooting.
The GBI is investigating Deputy Burgess to make sure he was justified in firing his weapon. The state is often called in to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest when a local law enforcement agency needs to investigate one of their own.