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Man arrested for shooting at workers outside Valley power plant

Posted at 8:52 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 08:25:56-05

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said a man has been arrested for shooting at people as they drove into work at a west Valley power plant.

MCSO believes 18-year-old Hipolito Rodriguez purposely shot at two different vehicles as employees of the Mesquite Generating Station and Redhawk Power Plant drove into work.

The incident happened Sunday morning in Arlington, Arizona just west of Buckeye. MCSO said nobody was hurt in the shootings.

The suspect was identified by sandals that had distinct markings on them, and left prints in mud where the shootings happened, according to MCSO. When contacted by MCSO, they say Rodriguez was in possession of methamphetamine, and also had the shotgun believed to be used in the shootings.

"It took a committed and expert team of Detectives and MCSO Evidence Technicians to link the print to the suspect. I'm extremely proud of their work on behalf of the people we serve and grateful that the suspect was caught before anyone was injured," said Sheriff Paul Penzone.

A motive for the shootings hasn’t been released at this time.

"Our success quickly solving this violent crime reflects dedication, professionalism, and great teamwork," said District II Detective Sergeant Aldo Felix. "Crime lab technicians and detectives working together are a powerful combination in fighting crime."