AMERICA: Argument over alleged infidelity, drug abuse led to fatal U.S. 395 shooting
An argument about alleged infidelity and drug abuse sparked the fatal highway shooting of a Reno mother of two at the hands of her husband, newly released court documents reveal.
Jeffrey Edward Rodriguez, 29, is being held without bail on suspicion of murdering his wife, Korinda, 32, and shooting at two good Samaritans who tried to help in what they believed was an accident Monday morning on U.S. 395 near Lemmon Drive.
Rodriguez also is a Tier 2 sex offender, assessed as a moderate risk of committing another sex offense, and a convicted burglar, records show. He also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Investigators said that the couple had been arguing at their home on Babcock Street before Korinda Rodriguez drove away. The couple were fighting about Korinda Rodriguez allegedly having affairs with men who illegally provided her with prescription drugs, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Jeffrey Rodriguez then followed his wife in a separate car. Police said he struck her van from behind, which caused it to spin out of control and rest in a cable traffic barrier, and pulled in behind her.
Mitchell Costa pulled over to try to help, the court document said. He said he heard Korinda say into her cellphone, “I need police right away. My husband ran me off the road,” according to the document.
Costa said Korinda Rodriguez asked him not to leave and that he was going to wait in his car for police. He said he heard her say to Jeffrey Rodriguez, “You’re going back to prison. You just tried to kill me.”
Costa said he then witnessed Jeffrey Rodriguez fire three shots at his wife, who slumped to the ground, the affidavit said. He said Rordriguez then aimed at him and fired three shots. Costa was not injured.
Authorities said Jeffrey Rodriguez shot at Christopher Stockton, another witness who pulled over to help. Stockton, who was uninjured, said he saw Jeffrey Rodriguez fire multiple shots at Korinda Rodriguez’s van, according to authorities.
Investigators said Jeffrey Rodriguez then drove home. He came back to the scene to surrender after being unable to kill himself, the affidavit said.
During his drive home, police said Rodriguez called 911 to report he just shot his wife in the chest and left her on the highway. He also called relatives, friends and his wife’s alleged boyfriend, the affidavit said, and told them he shot his wife.
During a police interview, he said he placed two guns in his glove compartment during the earlier argument with his wife at their home, according to the affidavit. Rodriguez said the fighting continued, and she drove off, the document said. He said he was angry she would not answer her phone and was speeding away from him and armed himself before approaching her on the highway after crashing into her van, the affidavit said.
Detectives said he admitted to shooting his wife and the witnesses. If he was offered the death penalty, he said he would take it, the affidavit said.
Rodriguez told police he met his wife after he was paroled. The couple has two children, an infant and a toddler. Both worked as newspaper delivery persons, the affidavit said.
He remained jailed Wednesday on suspicion of open murder with a deadly weapon, three counts of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.