By: ABQRAW staff
Posted: 11/30/2023 @ 1:00PM
Albuquerque – APD's homicide detectives have charged 21-year-old Noah Rodriguez for the shooting death of his friend during a fight at his West Side home on Wednesday. The house was located at 5156 Vista De Luz Dr. NW in Albuquerque.
The victim’s next of kin has not been notified and detectives have requested that the victims name not be published until notification is made.
Detectives determined that Rodriguez was confronted by his un-named friend, who was 24 years old, early Wednesday morning and he started an argument over a female. The argument escalated into a physical fight in which the friend punched Rodriguez three times and put him into a “choke hold.” After the friend released Rodriguez from the choke hold, Rodriguez grabbed a shotgun from his closet and shot the friend, killing him.
Rodriguez, his mother, and three other friends who were in the house at the time made up a story and told detectives that the friend threatened Rodriguez with a knife before the shooting. However, detectives determined the knife was placed into the victim’s hand after the shooting to make it look like the shooting was in self-defense.
We asked APD public information officer Gilbert Gallegos if the mother and other people in the residence would be charged with tampering with evidence. We did not get a comment back.
Rodriguez was charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence. He was booked overnight into the Metro Detention Center