DPS releases names of suspects in deadly officer-involved shooting near Quartzsite

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Rodolfo Ballardo, 31, deceased (left) and Marcos Ricardo Ruiz-Zazueta, 43 (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Rodolfo Ballardo, 31, deceased (left) and Marcos Ricardo Ruiz-Zazueta, 43 (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Rodolfo Ballardo, 31 (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Rodolfo Ballardo, 31 (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Marcos Ricardo Ruiz-Zazueta, 43 (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Marcos Ricardo Ruiz-Zazueta, 43 (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
La Paz County (3TV/CBS 5) -

DPS has released the names of the two suspects from Wednesday's officer-involved shooting near Quartzsite.

[ORIGINAL STORY: DPS: 1 suspect dead, another in custody after officer-involved shooting]

According to DPS, Rodolfo Ballardo ,31 of California, now deceased, and Marcos Ruiz-Zazueta, 43 of Mexico were stopped near the border of Arizona and California for a suspended license plate.

During the traffic stop, the driver was asked to exit the vehicle. DPS said while the trooper was speaking to the driver, the passenger fired a shot at the trooper and the trooper fired back.

Both Ballardo and Ruiz-Zazueta fled in the vehicle, prompting a pursuit. Ballardo then exited the vehicle and fled on foot until he hijacked a big rig from a sleeping truck driver. 

DPS pursued the big rig and in an exchange of gunfire between Ballardo and troopers, he was shot and killed. DPS said no officers or troopers were seriously injured in the incident. 

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