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Tampa police arrest one in fatal Saturday shooting

Published Jan. 24, 2012

TAMPA — Police have arrested a man suspected in the fatal shooting Saturday of Colen Thomas.

They say David Rodriguez, 41, and two others went to 702 E Broad St. to commit a robbery, and during the robbery, the men shot Thomas, 49, once in the torso.

Thomas died from his injuries.

Rodriguez admitted to police that he agreed to take part in the robbery by providing the gun and going to the scene, according to an arrest affidavit. He made $65 for his help, the affidavit states.

He also admitted that he filed a false police report the next day, police say. He claimed at the time that his 9mm pistol had been stolen.

Rodriguez, of 826 W Kirby St., faces charges of first-degree murder, robbery and false report to a law enforcement officer.

Police are still looking for the other two people and expect to make additional arrests.

Times staff writer Marissa Lang contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.