Jeff Smith 11:59 p.m., Feb. 8
Witness accounts vary as FBI investigates Border Patrol shooting
Following the shooting death of 32 year old Valeria Monique Alvarado, a Chula Vista native and mother of five, the FBI and Chula Vista police are investigating why a non-uniformed Border Patrol agent shot and killed the woman. Border Patrol statements have said that Alvarado sped into the agent with her car, hitting and carrying him for several hundred yards before he discharged his weapon. Interviews by local media of witnesses have given other accounts.
One neighbor claims she merely saw Alvarado driving in reverse and that a man was standing in front of the vehicle firing his weapon. Another witness backs up the claim that the car was reversing and not accelerating forward with someone on the car.
Witnesses and statements have declared that between 5 to 7 shots were heard firing into the vehicle. Photos of the vehicle clearly show at least 10 distinct bullet holes.
U.S. Border Patrol agents are given standard H&K P2000 double action pistols in .40 S&W caliber. The handguns hold 12 rounds in each clip.
U.S. Border Patrol is no stranger to controversial shooting incidents. In early September an agent on board a boat shot and killed a Mexican citizen near Laredo, Texas. The agents claimed rocks were being thrown at them forcing them to shoot onto the Mexican side of the river, killing 36 year old Guillermo Arévalo Pedroza.
Cars lined up Sunday for a fund-raising car wash to help with funeral costs for Alvarado.
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