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Border Patrol Shooting Death of Southcrest Mother of 5 Stirs Questions

Autopsy is pending for “Monique” Alvarado, who allegedly ran into a patrol agent with her car.

Did a Southcrest mother of five deserve to die?

That’s the question swirling around Friday’s fatal shooting of Valeria  “Monique” Alvarado by a Border Patrol agent.

An autopsy was pending Saturday for Alvarado, 32, who allegedly ran into a Border Patrol agent with her car and was fatally shot through the windshield about 1 p.m. Friday on Moss Street near Oaklawn Avenue, according to federal agents, Chula Vista police and broadcast reports.

Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott said the agent was in the area to serve a warrant. He apparently was not in uniform.

The agent was carried several hundred yards on the hood of the Honda Alvarado was driving, then he opened fire,  “fearing for his life,” Scott said.

Alvarado family members told U-T San Diego the woman had five children, 3-17 years old.

“Where’s the evidence my wife threatened a trained officer?" asked her husband, Gilbert Alvarado.

“I want justice," he told the newspaper. “They said they didn’t know what had brought her to that neighborhood.”

Chula Vista police told the U-T the Honda was going west closer to Broadway when the agent was struck.

Hector Salazar, who lives nearby, told the U-T he was standing at his mailbox when he heard a man yell,  “Stop!” 

He said he saw a man on the hood of a two-door car, aiming a gun at the windshield. He said heard five shots.

Eduardo Comacho, 22, said he was walking on Woodlawn Avenue with a friend. He told the U-T they heard about seven shots. He said he saw a man in a red shirt, without a badge, holding his gun. He appeared shaken. Other undercover officers joined him, pulling out their badges as they walked.

“The lady was hanging out the door, barely moving," Comacho said. The agents checked her pulse, and medics who arrived shortly after began CPR on her
on the ground. Comacho could see what appeared to be bullet wounds in her chest, shoulder, arm and leg.

“He did not miss," Comacho told the newspaper.

Ayanna Evans, 19, who lives in a nearby apartment building, said she never saw the agent on the car. She said she happened to look out the window and saw the Honda backing up slowly, and a man in a red shirt walking toward the car.

“Then I heard, ‘Pop, pop, pop,’” she told the U-T.

Another resident of the same building, Prince Watson, told the newspaper he also saw the Honda going backward, with no one on it.

“She wasn’t speeding or driving erratic at all. I heard the agent say, ‘Stop.’ He was in the street and started shooting and walking toward the car,” Watson told the U-T.

Border Patrol agents would not say who they were looking to arrest when the shooting happened.

Christian Ramirez of the Southern Border Community Coalition to the U-T the shooting was  “troubling," in part because Alvarado was not wanted by law enforcement authorities and was a U.S. citizen. 

The U.S. Inspector General’s Office will review the investigation being done by Border Patrol agents and Chula Vista police.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Chris October 02, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I support him even if he was Joe Schmoe walking his dog down the sidewalk. If the woman ran into him and carried him down the street across her hood, and began backing up to potentially ram him again, he would have all rights to pull his weapon and pop her off.
Loki October 02, 2012 at 07:01 AM
At least they have the training. I really do empathize with ICE not being able to ask suspected "illegals" for their IDs - i.e. not being able to do their jobs - per our glorious leader's executive order - (and though she was likely over 31 she was not "illegal"). They must feel frustrated & impotent. But this is not Afghanistan, Iraq or Mogadishu. It is Chula Vista and the guy killed a citizen Bonnie & Clyde style. This can't get swept under the rug "Fast & Furious" style!!!
Chris October 02, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Oh, it's not knee jerk support of 'anyone with a badge'(I happen to know that some are heaping bags'o'crap), it's knee jerk condemnation of stupidity. It's like an allergic reaction to stupid; someone trying to outrun several bullets--in reverse mind you--rather than realizing that there's a gun in your face and doing what you're told to do so maybe, just maybe, you might be able to see your children by the end of the day("Oh I think it's a good idea if we tackle the bankrobber with the submachine gun so I can be on my way!"). In the immortal words of Winston Zeddemore "...When someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!" So goes the Darwin award.
Chris October 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I simply call it like I see it. She may have been a lovely person, I can't speak to that. May she rest in peace. However, one does not act the way she did without reason. The majority of the witnesses are unreliable since they only came to their doors and windows AFTER the agent began yelling at her to stop AFTER she attempted to kill him. Have you seen the car first hand? I take the statements of authorities who have SEEN and described the damage to the vehicle as reliable, as would any jury when presented.
CVHS Alumni October 02, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Act the way she did? That needs to be proven first. I paid my respects yesterday along with the 100+ other community members who did, The whole knee jerk reaction to back the officer is just wrong. People need to understand that regardless if this man was an officer of the law, he is an individual first and foremost and acted on his own. People keep questioning Monique's character, but people should be questioning the officers character as well. Monique's father is a 20 year veteran Correctional Officer in L.A. and this incident's aftermath just isn't going away. The pictures of the front of the green Honda Accord post shooting are all over the internet thanks to the media, and it's clear as day there is no damage to the vehicle that would suggest Monique hit this officer with enough speed to take him several hundred yards away.
Mike G October 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I'm not taking a side on this issue, but consider this; there is a large indentation in the windshield commensurate with a typical blunt force (human body) impact. Also notice the VERY tight grouping of the bullet pattern. Maybe a 14 inch diameter. As someone that had to qualify semi-annually with a hand gun I can tell you that even at 25 feet of distance that would be extraordinary with a person walking/advancing and a vehicle reversing/retreating. I only qualified 'expert' (the lowest level of proficiency) for my pistol ribbon but at 25 feet standing stationary at a stationary target, without adrenaline or shooting rapid fire that is an amazingly tight group. I see no way to do it other than being right against the target. Of course forensics will determine if there is gunpowder residue on the glass and that will answer any question as to whether or not he was indeed on the hood of, or advancing toward the car. There are MANY more questions to be answered but that seems to be the main focus at this time. Regardless, I still mourn for the family's loss. May she rest in peace.
JJ October 03, 2012 at 07:20 AM
A single agent serving a warrant in plain clothes? This goes against every law enforcement SOP I have ever heard of. If someone comes at me with a gun drawn I might try to run them over too. Poor woman deserves justice... but she is a minority so she will get the same justice as Rebecca Zahau.
Chris October 03, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Needs to be proven first? Done and done.(Speaking of 'thanks to the media') "Alvarado, also known as Valeria Tachiquin, was inside a home on Moss Street when a group of agents came to the door to arrest a prior deported felon. The agents identified themselves as law enforcement. They also say at the time of contact, agents knew the people inside had prior complaints of drug activity. " For the full story... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49250436
Chris October 03, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Sure they can.
alexpinca October 03, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I agree with you, I believe that we should wait for all the facts to be in and I'm not against law enforcement but THE ATTACKS ON THE DEAD WOMAN'S CHARACTER IS DISPICABLE.
Chris October 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Who ever said the agent was alone? The way it's written makes it sound like he was a lone vigilante out in street clothes--because the story as presented is about one woman in a car and one man with a gun--however, subsequent articles state that he was part of a team on the street.
CVHS Alumni October 03, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Chris if this was as cut and dry as CVPD will make you believe then why was this not presented 4 days sooner and why did the story change twice after the original story came out and now all of a sudden several agents are backing the shooters story? There is something really not right here. From the overwhelming majority of witnesses there was one un-uniformed agent yelling and unloaded his clip on her. Wouldn't the officers who are backing the shooters actions be recognized yelling and trying to stop this too? Valentin said at the vigil that in the upcoming days people were going to attack the character of Monique, ultimately IMO if you are going to put the microscope on Monique you should ALSO be putting the microscope on the agent who shot her. Unfortunately his identity is not revealed for people to question his character so the CVPD releases a supported statement to invoke a supportive opinion from the people. Community members at the vigil said they saw bystanders giving statements in handcuffs, so not all witnesses came forward.
Det 22 October 03, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Unless the agent felt he or someone else was in eminent danger rules of use of deadly force apply. He could have rolled off the hood and not shot the woman. Yes a vehicle is considered a deadly weapon but if there was a way he could have removed himself from danger he did not have to kill the woman. The new claim is he drove over 200 yards on the hood, that is very unlikely.
Mike G October 03, 2012 at 11:23 PM
JJ if someone came at you with gun drawn and bad intentions you would do nothing but wet yourself and assume the fetal position as most of us would. Stop trying to play the race card. Maybe you haven't noticed but many, dare I say most BP agents are Hispanic. "A single agent"? Are you uninformed or just illiterate?
Mike G October 03, 2012 at 11:43 PM
@CVHS You would dispute the findings if they had video proving it. I understand this may have been a friend or acquaintance of yours but now you just appear desperate and grasping at straws. Maybe things could and should have gone down differently but let go of the 'she was an angel' theme.
Mike G October 03, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Actually the claim of the agent being on the hood of car for 200 yards was the INITIAL report. But then again you only read the stuff that supports your conspiracy theory.
Carol M October 16, 2012 at 05:31 AM
This woman started having children at 15, has a narcotics conviction, no job and was in a neighborhood where she did not live, a neighborhood that was known for narcotics. Now her husband (who looks like a savant of sorts) is demanding the shooting death of the border patrol officer. He should be in custody. Now our taxpayer dollars have to be offered up to figure out what happened to some looser who ran down an officer with her car. What a bunch of animals.
CVHS Alumni October 19, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Typical racist response
CVHS Alumni October 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
@MikeG Nobody is saying anyone is an angel, if some video was presented at least that would bring closure one way or the other but by inferring your belief as a probability it is still your belief and not mine and all you are telling me is that even if there was a video proving her and the majority of witnesses side YOU would still dispute it. CBP are going to be investigated because this is not the only incident in recent memory with questionable actions and results.
alexpinca October 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I'll second that...an out and out racist.
alexpinca October 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM
To all those knee jerk supporting of anyone in a uniform, please read the following: "The documents, a required precursor for a lawsuit, say the agent, 34-year-old Justin Tackett, was suspended four times for misconduct including crashing a patrol car and violating suspects' rights in the nearly four years that he worked as an Imperial County sheriff's deputy. Tackett had been given a notice that he'd be fired just before he quit the job in 2003, the documents say." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/13/family-mom-shot-by-us-border-patrol-files-wrongful-death-claim/#ixzz29nAQJGLJ What do you think now jerks....still think we should support anyone wearing a uniform?
Mike G October 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Answer me this genius, why would even ONE witness say he saw the agent on the hood of the car if it wasn't true? That's not the kind of thing your brain makes up or plays tricks on you about. I could see if it was disparity about number shots, clothing color or some other mundane facet of the incident, but being on the hood or not? Not likely.
alexpinca October 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
The border patrolman story is that he fired through the windshield after he was hit...now picture this...you've just been hit by a car that is moving down the street, do you hold on for your life, or do you somehow draw your gun and fire through the windshield. I smell a rat!!!
Mike G October 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Alex have you EVER even handled much less fired a hand gun? At any distance? At a moving target, while you also are moving? Adrenaline pumping? Look at the group in the glass dude. Also notice the HUGE depression normally associated with human into windshield. I assure you of this, unless you shoot for a living, and I mean dozens of rounds per day, hundreds per week, at 25 feet that group is TIGHT when both target and shooter are moving. Unless this agent had preternatural skills he had to be on the hood, in direct contact with the windshield, to make that pattern. Try it with a Weaver stance at 40 feet and stationary. On a range. No pressure. You better be really good to make that group.
Mike G October 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM
@CVHS Please locate the period key, otherwise known as a dot on your keyboard. It prevents run on sentences and allows readers to TRY to understand your uneducated, illiterate and insufferable drivel. Go Spartans!
CVHS Alumni October 22, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Mike G don't take the truth personal man, just think before you infer your belief towards me as probability. If any evidence proved her side you would still refute it to the end. Go Spartans!
CVHS Alumni October 22, 2012 at 09:43 PM
alexpinca at least both sides of the story are being looked at now and more facts of both sides are out in the open, before all we had was one side of the story and a forced opinion based on that.
Mike G October 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM
You said it better than I can. "If any evidence proved her side...", Of which there is NONE. Way to put that High School education to work Slappy. Let me guess. CVHS debate team captain right? Go Spartans! "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son". Dean Wormer, Animal House.
CVHS Alumni October 23, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Mike you can put the angry condescending spin on whatever you like, but I am open to the possibility of a conclusion one way or the other, and you?. What happened to "I'm not taking a side on this issue" or "There are MANY more questions to be answered". I'm done responding as it is clear you have no intent on looking at both sides of the story or the concerns and tough questions the public have. Justin Tackett obviously has a past that brings all these concerns back into question.
Mike G October 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Sorry to see you leave. Your opinions, though uninformed and uneducated, will be missed. NOT! I as well am open to multiple conclusions but if it doesn't go your way, i.e., use of excessive force, you will just cry cover-up and conspiracy. There will be no pleasing you and your ilk, nor will there be a happy ending for anyone involved. Kids lost their mom. A husband lost his wife. Family lost a daughter, sister, etc. I'm sure many lost a friend. But please don't try to act as if the deceased had no role or responsibility in this tragedy. Good day, Sir!

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