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Fairfield high school graduates start life; spectator goes to jail

Officers took care in their arrest of an attempted murder suspect at a Fairfield high school graduation ceremony on Thursday.

Officers waited until the suspect, Manual Antonio Rodrigues, 19, of Fairfield had left his seated position in the football stands at ceremonies honoring the graduating seniors of Rodriguez High School before arresting him.

He had been spotted in the audience by an off-duty officer at the graduation ceremony.

Rodrigues was arrested as he left the stadium on suspicion of attempted homicide stemming from a shooting on May 25, according to a Fairfield police press release.

Officers watched and waited for the conclusion of the ceremonies because they wanted to avoid a “potentially dangerous situation” and avoid disrupting the joyous event.