No charges filed in gas station shooting

7:30 PM, Mar 27, 2008   |    comments
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Grand Rapids - Kent County Prosector William Forsyth announced this morning that no criminal charges will be filed against the man who shot Gabriel Rodriguez at a southeast Grand Rapids gas station in February. Glenn Tett had been accused in the shooting. Tett and Rodriguez had gotten into an altercation at the Boston Square Shell Station. It was all captured on surveillance video. Today, Kent County Prosecutor, William Forsyth went through the video frame by frame. He says that you can see in the tape that 48-year old Gabriel Rodriguez, who works at the gas station, approached Tett's area and began emptying the garbage. From there, witnesses say words were exchanged between the two. At one point, it appears Rodgriguez picked up a four-pound plastic garbage lid, lifted it up in the air and lunged at Tett. Tett is licensed to carry a concealed weapon and Rodriguez was shot once. He died from the wound. "Unfortunately for the Rodriguez family, he's the one who bent down and started to assault him. Unfortunately he assaulted someone who had a gun." It was an announcement, the victims family didn't want to hear. Virginnie Larsen says, “You know I cried, we all know I cried, I mean this was my father." Larsen says she is hurt and upset by the decision. The Rodriguez family says Tett had more than enough time to diffuse the situation. They think the video shows that Tett had plenty of chances to leave the scene. They are glad the video is finally out there so the public can see it. "I know you guys got the video on air, that's my number one concern. I needed you guys to put that out there." Forsyth says Tett stayed at the scene and made several attempts to call nine-one-one. He says the two did have some history. Rodriguez thought his girlfriend was cheating on him with Tett, but the Forsyth says the two were just friends. Past stories: Family expresses sympathy for fatal gas station shooting Friends and family hold vigil for man killed at gas station

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