QUARTZSITE, Ariz. — 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 department says Ballard fired at a state trooper during an Interstate 10 traffic stop. He then 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 riding. He’s been arrested on suspicion of drug offenses and felony murder in connection with Ballardo’s death.
It’s not immediately known whether Ruiz-Zazueta has an attorney to comment on the allegations.