VIDEO: Suspect opens fire on Glendale police officer back in January

Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 07:32:50-04

It's a day Peggy Bradley won’t soon forget. 

“Some bullets hit different places, the neighbor's house, I don’t know where all the bullets hit,” said Bradley.

That’s because In the early morning hours on January 20th, her home was the stage of a police shootout.

“Literally, the car was parked right in front of my house,” said Bradley. 

Chopper footage from just after the incident that day shows a damaged red Mitsubishi parked along 61st Avenue. 

Officer Anthony Cano was working near 61st and Glendale avenues when he saw a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be involved in a crash.

That morning Officer Cano approached the vehicle to check on the person inside, but from the very beginning things didn’t seem normal.

“He describes the vehicle, talks about some of the damage, wants to know if we’ve had any hit runs in the area,” said Sgt. Scott Waite with the Glendale Police Department. 

You can hear the officer asking questions to an uncooperative man inside the car but within seconds shots ring out. 

The suspect, 29-year-old Abel Rodriguez, pulled out a handgun from the center console blasting off six shots from point blank range. 

As Cano ducks to cover, he radios backup, even yelling to people like Bradley to stay in their homes as he returns fire. 

“I heard the shots,” said Andre Foster. 

Foster said police converged on his neighborhood almost immediately. 

“They told us to stay inside, everything was blocked off, you couldn’t come in or go out,” said Foster. 

Police say officer Cano wasn’t hit but the suspect wasn’t so lucky taking a shot in the shoulder.  

“Do you have any other guns on you yes or no?” the suspect was asked. 

Finally giving up, when there was no other option. But those who lived those frightening moments still feel the effects. 

“My nerves are still kind of in shock,” said Bradley.