On the date of November 11, 2021, officers with the Odessa Police Department responded to the 900 block of West 40th Street in reference to shots fired. Upon their arrival, they observed two individuals, male and female, deceased from apparent gunshot injuries.
The initial investigation revealed that Adan Barrera was operating a 1998 green GMC pick-up traveling westbound in the 900 block of West 40th Street. Barrera’s truck struck the front end of Rodriguez’s vehicle, as she was driving eastbound in the 900 block of West 40th Street. Barrera then exited his vehicle, while it was still in motion, and began shooting in the direction of Rodriguez’s vehicle, striking her front windshield multiple times. Barrera’s vehicle came to rest after striking a parked, unoccupied vehicle. Barrera then shot and killed himself.
Rodriguez and Barrera’s bodies were sent to South Plains Forensic Pathology for autopsy. The preliminary autopsy revealed that Rodriguez was shot and killed by Barrera. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Barrera’s death was a result of a single gunshot wound inflicted on himself and ruled a suicide.