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Police: Deadly single-vehicle crash leads to homicide arrest

Posted at 6:17 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 18:13:22-05

Tucson Police Department originally provided an incorrect age for Johnny J. Rodriguez.

Tucson police investigated a deadly single-vehicle wreck near Dodge and Fort Lowell Monday.

Just after 5 a.m., 30-year-old Johnny J. Rodriguez died after he drove a black 2017 Nissan Rogue eastbound into several fixed objects on the northside of the roadway in the 3600 block of Fort Lowell Road. The car came to a stop near Dodge Boulevard.

On Jan. 6, the Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy that determined Rodriguez sustained gunshot trauma prior to the crash, according to TPD. Homicide detectives were able to determine a timeline that happened leading up to the crash.

Detectives believe Rodriguez was shot by an unknown person in another vehicle, police say. Both vehicles were traveling on Fort Lowell when Rodriguez was struck by gunfire.

After detectives reviewed surveillance video, they were able to identify the suspect involved as 40-year-old Dallas Lelyn Combs.

Police say a felony arrest warrant was obtained for the homicide of Rodriguez.

On Jan. 15, officers found Combs in a stolen vehicle parked at 850 E. Wetmore Road, according to TPD. During contact, Combs attempted to flee the area, then barricaded himself in the vehicle.

After several hours, Combs peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody, police say. Officers located a firearm in the vehicle during his arrest.

Combs was booked into Pima County Jail on his felony warrant and charged with First-Degree Murder.