Henry Solis
Authorities released the picture of a LAPD rookie officer, Henry Solis, who is a person of interest in a fatal shooting case. Photo courtesy of LAPD

A probationary Los Angeles police officer being sought in connection with a fatal shooting in Pomona fled to El Paso, Texas, with the help of his father soon after the killing and was dropped off at a bus station, according to a federal arrest warrant issued Thursday.

Henry Solis, a 27-year-old rookie who was fired Tuesday from the LAPD, remains at large. He is suspected of pursuing and gunning down Salome Rodriguez Jr., 23, after getting into a fight with the victim in downtown Pomona early on March 13.

According to an affidavit filed in support of a federal arrest warrant, investigators learned from family members, friends and witnesses that after the shooting, “Solis made incriminating statements about his role in the murder of Rodriguez and stated that he would never be seen again.”

Henry Solis then called his father Victor Solis in Lancaster, and soon after, “Victor Solis left home in a hurry,” the affidavit states.

Victor Solis, his pickup truck and dog were seen in El Paso at the home of family members the next day, according to the federal document. He was interviewed by El Paso FBI agents, admitting that he drove his son to El Paso on the day of the shooting and dropped him off at a bus station, but denying that he knows his son’s whereabouts, according to the affidavit.

A local arrest warrant for Henry Solis was issued Monday.

Before announcing Henry Solis’ firing, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck urged the fugitive to surrender, saying he has “dishonored” the department.

“The mere fact that he is not cooperating with the Pomona Police Department and he has not shown up for work is sufficient to terminate,” Beck said.

Solis was hired last June and has been out in the field in the San Fernando Valley’s Devonshire Division since November. He was in the Marine Corps before joining the police department.

Looking at his background, there are “no obvious indications that he had a propensity for this,” Beck said.

Rodriguez was gunned down near Third and Main streets around 3:30 a.m. Friday following a fistfight at a nearby bar. He died at a hospital.

On Sunday afternoon, police recovered Henry Solis’ Volkswagen Jetta near the intersection of Main Street and Monterey Avenue, about four blocks from the shooting scene.

City News Service

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