Suspect shot by deputy at Payette store has died

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMay 8, 2014 

Jose Rodriquez-Moncada, 24, of Fruitland, the suspect shot Thursday by a Payette County sheriff's deputy, has died, according to Idaho State Police.

Rodriquez-Moncada, who was wanted for firing a gun into the air near an Ontario, Ore., elementary school Thursday afternoon, opened fire on Payette County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jason Jones outside a Payette convenience store.

According to Idaho State Police, at approximately 2:31 p.m., Jones spotted a blue Jaguar with Payette County license plates matching the description of a car involved in the Ontario incident. Jones called for backup and pulled in behind the vehicle at a gas pump. Jones told the driver to exit the vehicle. Before backup could arrive, the driver got out of the vehicle, but failed to obey further commands. The driver then reached into the vehicle, pulled out a handgun and began shooting at Jones.

A gunfight ensued with multiple shots fired by both the suspect and the deputy. Jones was struck once in the lower leg and Rodriquez-Moncada was hit twice. Two additional shots hit the Maverik store - occupied by several people at the time. Nobody else, including a young child that was in the vehicle with the suspect, was injured in the shooting, according to Idaho State Police, which is leading the investigation because of the officer-involved shooting.

Both Jones and Rodriquez-Moncada were transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Jones was treated and released; Rodriquez-Moncada succumbed to his injuries Thursday night.

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