Cleburne resident Omar Rodriguez, 51, on Tuesday in the 413th District Court pleaded guilty to the 2016 murder of his father, Manuel Rodriguez, 72. Rodriguez’ trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.
Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to charges of burglary of a building and four counts of aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon in addition to the murder charge. He received sentences of 30 years on the murder and aggravated assault charges and two years on the burglary charges. Judge Bill Bosworth ordered that Rodriguez’ charges will run concurrently.
Rodriguez shot his father during an argument concerning a window air conditioning unit, then Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said.
Deputies responded about 9:22 p.m. Sept. 23, 2016, to Harriet Circle outside of Cleburne on a report of a disturbance with weapons involved.
Omar Rodriguez’ sister told dispatch that he had shot their father and was still on scene armed.
Manuel Rodriguez was taken to a hospital where he died later that same night.
Omar Rodriguez fled into an adjoining residence and refused to exit, according to reports, and preceded to fire four shots.
Deputies, believing Rodriguez had committed suicide entered the residence only to be met by gunfire.
A deputy returned fire striking Rodriguez in the left shoulder area. Rodriguez remained hospitalized for several days and was at one point apparently in danger of losing his arm.
Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom, who set Rodriguez’ bond, said Rodriguez’ left arm was wrapped and bandaged but otherwise still present and accounted for during his magistration.
McBroom at that time set Rodriguez’ bonds at $500,000 and issued an emergency protective order against Rodriguez prohibiting him to return to the home should he bond out.
Flying debris from a wall Rodriguez allegedly hit while firing at deputies that night struck one deputy causing minor injury, Alford said. The deputy was treated and released from a local hospital later that same night.
Alford said the father son argument apparently stemmed Manuel Rodriguez’s claim that Omar had stolen his AC unit.