Crime & Justice

Police: 14 year-old Santa Ana boy killed by officers left suicide note

A yearbook photo of Jose Rodriguez, Jr.
A yearbook photo of Jose Rodriguez, Jr.
Courtesy: Santa Ana Unified School District

A 14-year old high school student died Friday after being shot by Santa Ana police officers.

Jose Rodriguez, Jr. called 9-1-1 about 10:40 p.m. Thursday night and then confronted officers with a shotgun on the 400 block of East Wisteria Place, police said.

Officers ordered Rodriguez to drop the weapon. Instead, he raised it at the officers and was shot, police said. He later died at a hospital.

A suicide note was found in the teenager’s room and detectives are investigating the shooting as a possible suicide, police said.

Rodriguez was a freshman at Segerstrom High School and had no criminal history or ties with a street gang, police said.

More than one officer fired their weapon; all have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine in such cases.

The Santa Ana Unified School District posted a statement about the shooting on the school’s website:

We are saddened by the death of Jose Rodriguez, Jr., a freshman student at Segerstrom High School. Jose was involved in a police shooting that occurred off campus on Thursday, September 27, 2012.  Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, teachers, and school staff.  We have a team of trained counselors and psychologists providing grief counseling services as needed to students and staff.