ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Jarod McKenzie, 20, is now in custody accused in a deadly road rage shooting early June 2. Officers with the Albuquerque Police Department responded to reports of a shooting near Melinda Ave. SW and Mimbres St. SW around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

McKenzie is accused of shooting and killing Joshua Romero after a confrontation near Melinda and Mimbres in the early morning on June 2. A criminal complaint states Romero and his friends were walking in the neighborhood when they were nearly hit by McKenzie who was driving through the neighborhood. The friends confronted McKenzie, who got out of the car and the group started throwing punches. That’s when the witnesses say McKenzie pulled out a gun and shot Romero.

During an interview, McKenzie told police that during the physical fight, he felt like he was losing consciousness and that’s when he pulled out his gun. McKenzie’s girlfriend was with him during the shooting. They initially fled the scene after the shooting but McKenzie says when he realized he may have killed the man, he returned to the scene.