ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police have arrested a suspect in Monday night’s murder at an Albuquerque gas station. The victim identified as 32-year-old Rodrick Thompson was shot as he was pumping gas, according to a news release.
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Through investigation, surveillance video and witness statements NMSP agents were able to identify the suspected shooter as 20-year-old Darrien Mells. Surveillance video shows Mells arriving at the gas station near San Mateo Blvd and Indian School Rd in a gold Lexus with another male. Mells then gets out of the passenger side of the Lexus and approached Thompson who was pumping gas.
NMSP says the video shows the two exchanging words. Then Mells pulled out a handgun from his waistband and shot Thompson twice. After shooting Thompson, Mells went back to the Lexus and fled the area.
NMSP says the investigation led them to Mells’ apartment. When officers arrived they found the Lexus in the parking lot. The New Mexico State Police Special Operations Bureau Tactical Team and helicopter assisted officers in the execution of a search warrant on the apartment.
According to a news release, three subjects fled the apartment on foot. Around 10:50 p.m. Monday, the NMSP Tactical Team members, the helicopter, and NMSP Auto Theft Unit located the individuals and took them into custody. One of the individuals was Darrien Mells. NMSP says the other two are not believed to be involved in the homicide.
Mells was taken to the NMSP Albuquerque office where he confessed to shooting Thompson. He was booked into the Metro Detention Center on an open count of murder in the first degree.