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Body cam shows shootout between Ariz. officer, driver

When Officer Anthony Cano approached the vehicle, Abel Rodriguez drew his weapon and opened fire

By PoliceOne Staff

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Police released body camera footage Friday of a January shootout between a driver and an officer.

Officer Anthony Cano was on patrol on Jan. 20 when he came across a car that looked like it had been involved in a crash, AZFamily reported. 

The body camera footage shows Cano speaking to the driver, Abel Rodriguez, asking him who owns the vehicle he’s driving because the plates didn’t match the car. Cano asks for paperwork and tells Rodriguez to open the car door, but he refuses. 

Sgt. Scott Waite told the publication that Rodriguez drew a weapon he had concealed under his shirt and opened fire on Cano. Cano tells the dispatcher that shots have been fired and several other shots are heard. 

Cano tells Rodriguez to get on the ground and to not reach for his firearm again. Waite said Rodriguez got out of his vehicle and fired more shots at Cano before the officer returned fire. 

Cano was uninjured. Rodriguez was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released into police custody.

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