Police: Woman Shot by Border Patrol Was on Probation

A Chula Vista Police Department captain has shared additional information about the shooting which occurred Friday afternoon which resulted in the death of Valeria Tachiquin-Alvarado.

The Chula Vista Police Department disclosed Tuesday that a woman fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent last week was on probation for a 2011 narcotics conviction at the time of her death on a residential street in southwestern Chula Vista.

The series of events that led to the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Valeria Tachiquin-Alvarado began shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, when a group of plainclothes Border Patrol agents went to an apartment in the 600 block of Moss Street to arrest a felon who previously had been deported, CVPD Capt. Gary Wedge said.

Undercover personnel found several people, including Tachiquin-Alvarado, inside the residence and identified themselves as law enforcement officers, according to Wedge. The occupants had been the subjects of prior complaints of illegal drug activity, the captain said.

Shortly after the agents arrived, Tachiquin-Alvarado, a U.S. citizen and mother of five who lived in the Southcrest area of San Diego, left the apartment and walked toward a dark-green Honda Accord parked nearby.

Border Patrol personnel who had surrounded the complex contacted her as she got behind the wheel, Wedge said. The woman then allegedly pulled away from the curb, causing the sedan to strike an agent at least once.

The lawman told Tachiquin-Alvarado she was under arrest for vehicular assault as a fellow officer reached through the driver's-side window and tried to remove the ignition key, Wedge said. The car then struck the first agent again, after which Tachiquin-Alvarado allegedly drove off to the west with him perched on the hood of the vehicle.

Witnesses told investigators the Honda was traveling about 25 mph and at one point veered into an oncoming lane as the agent, who appeared fearful, yelled at the woman to stop the car, according to Wedge.

After allegedly driving more than 200 yards, Tachiquin-Alvarado began to make a turn near Oaklawn Avenue. At that point, according to a witness, the agent drew his gun and fired repeatedly into the windshield.

Agents rendered first-aid to Tachiquin-Alvarado prior to the arrival of paramedics, who pronounced her dead at the scene.

The agent who opened fire was later evaluated at a hospital and released. His name has not been released.

In previous public statements, law enforcement officials had described the lawman being struck by the woman's car a single time.

Chula Vista police continue to work with federal agencies "to ensure a comprehensive investigation is completed," Wedge said.

"Additionally, witness interviews are pending, while lab personnel are processing physical evidence," he said.

The results of the probe will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for a ruling on whether the shooting was legally justified.

On Monday, Tachiquin-Alvarado's family held a tearful news conference to protest the circumstances of her death and staged an evening candlelight vigil near the scene of the fatal encounter.


– City News Service

Ms. Ida & Mauli October 03, 2012 at 04:41 AM
BORDER PATROL WAS DOING THEIR JOB! Unfornuate, yes..... was but death was AVOIDABLE by her ..... her actions are coming to light folks . HER decisions are coming forward now. Ok....time for some remedial training...or first time lesson for some. STOP= that means you dont move, halt what you are doing , quit moving and dont move any more , stand, lay , hands in the air .stop means stop! If a man or woman shows a badge, that means you STOP. Also folks, this was not just a little operation, these probation or immigration checks are planned, not just a ' Hey , Lets go to that place over on Woodlawn and see whats happening" , this guy was marked and being watched for a real shitty reason, she was wound up in this melee as well, doubt she was over there to clean the house or mow the lawn. People...there was no hate in this unforunate incident, it is lawmen doing there job.
Marcus Boyd October 03, 2012 at 05:26 AM
That's right! Listen up you deaf people, and you who are hard of hearing, or those who don't speak English, YOU ARE ON NOTICE; you are all subject to death by hot led! " STOP!!! " " Show me your papers! " " Okay, you're papers are in order -- you may go -- enjoy your freedumb. " All kidding aside, I agree with Mr. J, everyone should STOP if they hear it come from a badge wielding a gun. They engage in way too much target practice, and are given enormous leeway in court with their testilying and creative report writing... Keep the cameras rolling, and always remember to remain silent! Not to hide anything, but to protect your rights!
John Haupt October 03, 2012 at 06:54 AM
No details seem to be provided regarding the BP agent. Age? How many years on the job? Prior experience? Any other questionable actions on record? How many total agents were involved in this incident? Couldn't other agents have taken action with less than lethal efforts? The incident occurred at 1 PM on a clear day so the number of people in the car, gender etc should have been apparent and not much left to question.
Jon Hall October 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This young lady was in a known drug house when the raid was conducted --- she attempted to flee --- what happened was of her own doing HOWEVER ... The law enforcement policy of *shoot first, ask later* is becoming all too common --- especially in less affluent areas Although deadly force may have been legally justified from what I read it seems to be another sad case of overreaction by the officer There was no reason this youngster had to die on the streets ...
John Galt October 03, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Seems to me she had a choice, and may the wrong one AGAIN. Only this time it cost her, her life. By the numbers: Age 32, IQ 0, Children paid for by us, the taxpayers, 5. Children paid for by her 0. Times she committed crime (unknown) Times she was caught {at least twice} Times she followed the law? This may turn into a cost savings in the long run. I bet her parents were proud of her. If so, they too are criminals. Save the sorry stories, or about uncaring I am. Wake up; SHE DID THIS TO HERSELF!
Shorebird October 03, 2012 at 03:21 PM
IDK on the roof of a car that has struck you and continuing to flee..I think I would feel endangered
Shorebird October 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
In a known drug house, on probation, violation..She attended Chula Vista High School, her family speaks English fluently, she graduated from High School here..She must have spoken English...How High was she at the time or maybe she was just there to have a cup of coffee and some conversazione
John Galt October 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Shooting first became a policy when the officer going home to his/her family became more important. Too many criminals are willing to push the effort too far thus bringing more shootings. Cause and effect. What about the border agents that were killed yesterday in Arizona? Attacked and murdered. They wanted to go home to their families. I don't like it when law is judged, juried, and executed by our law enforcement officers, but if it becomes a choice of kill or be killed, I want them to go home. It is really simple, when you see a badge - stop, slowly show your hands, and drop your weapons if they are in your hands. Follow the orders givin. Don't be a threat. Be polite and accept your fate for your wrong doing. You got caught. BTW - she is not a youngster, she died because of her actions. I do agree it is unfortunate for all. I am glad the officers are okay.
Jon Hall October 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
My my IB needs us --- how very 1984 of you ...
Marcus Boyd October 03, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Your right! It was the caffeine! Caffeine is, after all, the leading known cause of road-rage, according to a 2004 USC study... http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/History/2004/Projects/J0301.pdf
John Galt October 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Jon: Are you suggesting 1984 because that's when common sense left? This is not about Big Brother as much as her being stupid. I have no reason to fear the police nearly as much as walking into a 7-11 or a bad drug deal. It is that random act of that criminals do that we should all fear. The agents were there to do a job, and go home that night. She choose wrongly and from all accounts tried to flee. She knew what she was doing, and pushed the limit. In the end it cost her more that anyone should have to pay for being stupid. I was willing to wait for the information to come out about her, then I jumped on the band wagon so to speak. Don't do the crime and nobody gets hurt. It really is that simple.
Shorebird October 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
and those damned Twinkies..yuppers!!
Jon Hall October 03, 2012 at 07:17 PM
IB needs us --- your first statement was about giving the police Carte Blanche "Shooting first became a policy when the officer going home to his/her family became more important" This statement says the rule of law, including a reasonable response to a given situation, is unimportant as long as the cop get to "go home to his/her family" Sounds like a *Police State* idea to me ... Oh, by the way --- assuming shooting her was appropriate don't you think emptying the entire clip was a wee bit excessive ???
John Galt October 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Jon: "Oh, by the way --- assuming shooting her was appropriate don't you think emptying the entire clip was a wee bit excessive ???" NO It is a numbers situation. More bullets fired means better chance I live. I am not and never have been a cop. In my own home, my castle, if I needed to shoot someone for the various reasons needed, I would empty my clip and reload. This is not a combat situation where I need to save ammo. Emptying my clip would likey occur so fast the person would be full of lead before they hit the ground. I have to compensate for missed shots and missed placed non lethal rounds. We all have only one life to live, and I plan on keeping mine as long as possible which means if you must kill another person in a situation where your life is at risk, I would use all of my avaiable bullets to make sure that person was not going to harm me. Also the police did not who they had. There are cases when druggies are so high they don't die easily. Again putting the police, or my family, at risk. Seems harsh until you realize that you and your family members could be at risk.
Jon Hall October 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
IB --- a law enforcement professional is trained in how to handle deadly situations without going *ballistic* (pun intended) He wasn't some 16 year old banger or a scared resident facing an intruder --- he was a highly trained --- there was no excuse for panic ...
Bob Trent October 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Jon, I highly recommend finding someone that will let you stand in front of a car, while they drive directly at you. Oh yeah, hang a shiny badge around your neck, and scream stop, police. Then, as the car approaches, jump up on the hood and find something to hold on to , because your driver is about to take you on a Nantucket slay ride (look that one up). As the vehicle is careening around a corner at approximately 25 MPH, you have two choices stop the car, or get off, both choices can be fatal. The agent decided, wisely, that it was time to stop the dangerous ride. His voice and visual lawful commands having failed, he chose life for himself. The driver made her choice and lost.
Shorebird October 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Well said Bob Trent, I think you presented the situation, actions and reactions with great clarity.
Bob Trent October 04, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Dear Jon, Why don't you share with us your individual life and death experiences. You know those things that have happened to you, from which you draw your knowledge about excessive force. "Slay" ride was intended, although "Sleigh" ride is the common spelling, this was an uncommon situation. I was a uniformed patrol agent in SOCAL for quite a few years. I grew up in a city housing project, I'd have to really work at hating poor people. Jon you shouldn't make assumptions about who and what the agent involved is all about. Having to take someones life hurts, comments like yours just inflict more pain. They shoot to wound in cowboy movies, not in real life. A law enforcement officer, faced with a deadly situation, shoots to stop the danger.
Jon Hall October 04, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Bob Trent --- first off, my experiences with law enforcement and assorted groups over the decades is not the issue here --- the actions of the officer are --- but suffice to say I have never stood in front of a moving vehicle (2 or 4 wheels) and played Chicken (well, not while sober anyway) As for the ride on the hood --- this officer's actions endangered not only the suspect and himself but all others in the path of the car --- in case you didn't know this a vehicle does not drive itself --- and when the driver becomes incapacitated for any reason the thing turns into a two ton projectile --- ready to mow down whatever is in its path --- it was just luck that prevented a further tragedy (or as you will probably call it *collateral damage*) If you were a "uniformed patrol agent" then you should know first hand that deadly force is a last resort option --- not a first-line defense tactic --- it is the duty of the sworn officer to do everything possible to avoid discharging their weapon --- especially when there is the possibility of innocent civilians getting hurt (or killed) Oh, and let's not forget the real possibility of *stray bullets* --- again, it was just luck that prevented more *collateral damage* while this officer was emptying their clip ...
Bob Trent October 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Dear Jon, I doubt the agent chose to leap on the car hood, he undoubtedly was forced to jump up, or face being run over. A moving vehicle is deadly force, in this instance, so the agents response was appropriate and effective. You might try reading up on Use of Force, and you might get further clarification. I don't see where the agent had an alternative. They only climb in the window and punch out the driver in the movies, not in real life. In addition to having been a uniformed USBP agent in SOCAL, I am also a combat veteran of the USMC. Oh, and I used to teach Use of Force, following my practical experience - sober!
Shorebird October 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Semper Fi!
Jon Hall October 04, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Bob Trent --- it is obvious we will never agree on this --- you feel it is OK for law enforcement to kill as a *first resort* and I believe killing is a *last resort* in any situation ... One observation though --- you keep reminding me that you are ex-USBP --- and now you add Combat USMC and Use of Force instructor (assumed to be USMC) Kindly tell me how any of this is relevant to this discussion ...
Jewel October 06, 2012 at 06:18 PM
A police officer would've rolled off the hood and called for back up...if she was in the apartment how did she get free from these agents and behind a wheel?
Salinde October 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
@Jewel, reports state that she pushed her way past them, made a beeline for her car. Makes sense, depending on the conditions of her parole she could of ended up in Jail for a long time ...well up to a year or so. A car is considered a lethal weapon, you have seen one to many movies, the officer, if he was on the hood of the car and if she was driving 25 MPH as reported, the officer could have been seriously hurt or even killed. If the reports are true she had been repeatedly told to stop before and after she got to the car, but she kept n going.
Mitchell McAleer August 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM
since when do officers allow a woman to leave the scene of an arrest with a warrant, only to become judge jury and executioner a couple minutes later? apologists for Tacketts reveal themselves as murderous goons unfit for public service.
Sam Artino September 24, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I know this is last years news, but I'm curious as to what happen to the border cop that used excessive deadly force. This cop lies, and needs to be incarcerated, and so do his cronies that are covering him. Plain clothes, no ID presented, his story conflicts with multiple eye witnesses. And who cares if she had a warrant. Was it for killing someone? He wasn't even looking for her to serve the warrant, and I doubt she even knew. She most likely kept backing up because he had a gun.


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