SALT LAKE CITY — A man who police say disposed of a gun after his friend accidentally shot and killed himself will face criminal charges, including obstruction of justice.
Tommy Dean Rodriguez, 30, of Taylorsville, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; and obstructing justice, a third-degree felony.
On March 24, Rodriguez and Jamie Perez were drinking and smoking marijuana when a witness "heard Perez's gun go off," according to charging documents.
"Perez fell to the floor and dropped his gun," the charges state.
At that point, Rodriguez took the gun and left the residence, according to charging documents. He later told Unified police investigators that after Perez accidentally shot himself, he "hoped that Perez only had a superficial wound. Rodriguez checked Perez for a pulse and knew that help was on the way. Knowing that Perez is a restricted person, he got rid of the gun," the charges state.
Unified police stated Monday that the shooting was still under investigation.
Rodriguez was convicted of kidnapping in 2007 and sentenced to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison, according to court records.
On April 24, he was charged with retaliation against a witness, a third-degree felony, for an incident that allegedly happened on Feb. 28. Rodriguez allegedly hit another man's vehicle while on the freeway on purpose, charging documents state.
The next day, Rodriguez sent the man two text messages threatening him and included pictures of a shotgun and ammo, the charges state.