An incident in Chula Vista, California has left more questions than answers after a border patrol agent allegedly shot and killed a 32-year old woman.
The Associated Press reports that Valeria Alvarado, a married mother of five, was shot and killed by a border patrol agent after she struck him with her car. The agent, who’s name was not released, was carried several hundred yards on the hood of the car. He fired the gun through the windshield in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
“Fearing for his life, he discharged his weapon to get the vehicle to stop,” Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott said.
The agent was taken to a hospital, though the extent of his injuries were not released.
After the shooting, a pair of plain clothes officers who were in the area to serve a warrant arrived. The shooting took place about five miles north of the Mexican border and the warrant did not involve Alvarado or the border patrol agent.
ABC News reported that Alvarado, who went by the name Monique, is survived by a husband and five children ages 3 to 17.
“I love her to the fullest. That’s my heart,” husband Gilbert Alvarado said. “Where’s the evidence my wife threatened a trained officer? I want justice.”
Valeria Alvarado reportedly grew up in Chula Vista, but lived in the nearby Southcrest neighborhood of San Diego.
According to a witness, five shots were fired and the border patrol agent was dressed in civilian clothes. The FBI and the Chula Vista Police Department are investigating.