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Abilene police investigating 1st homicide of 2019

Adrian Jasso, 27, was shot in the head around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 20
(Nick Bradshaw/KTXS)

Abilene police are investigating the first homicide of 2019.

One person was shot and killed early Sunday morning at the MC Sports Bar and Taqueria in the 4000 block of N 1st Street.

Around 1:30 a.m., someone called 911 to report a large fight at the bar.

A second caller said someone had been shot, according to Chief Stan Standridge.

At least one bullet went through the front door.

The victim was rushed to Hendrick Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The victim is 27-year-old Adrian Jasso.

He was shot in the head.

Jasso's wife told KTXS that he was loved by his family and friends, including their two daughters.

She is hoping to get justice for her husband.


At 1:32 a.m., police received a report of shots fired in 900 block of Bowie Street.

Police took four persons of interest into custody at that location, including the alleged shooter from the bar.

One of the four was later taken from the Taylor County Law Enforcement Center to Hendrick Medical Center.

About 5 a.m. the forensics team arrived at the LEC with evidence, including the glass front door that was shot.

This is not the first time MC Sports Bar and Taqueria has been the location of a crime scene.

Five people were injured in a shooting and stabbing there in June 2016.

Mark Anthony Rodriguez was arrested in Hurst, Texas in November 2017 for that incident. He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault.

According to the jail log, Rodriguez is also charged with aggravated assault in two other cases in March and October 2017.

He's being held in the Taylor County Jail on bond totaling more than $1 million.

His trial is currently scheduled for March.

Standridge said he would contact the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Tuesday, after the MLK holiday, to see what can be done to revoke the bar's liquor license.

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