Saturday, September 29 2012 9:24 PM EDT2012-09-30 01:24:12 GMT
Some eyewitnesses to a shooting Friday by a plainclothes Border Patrol agent, who claims he was forced to open fire on a woman behind the wheel of her car, are contradicting the federal officials' version of events. More >>
Some eyewitnesses to a shooting Friday by a plainclothes Border Patrol agent, who claims he was forced to open fire on a woman behind the wheel of her car, are contradicting the federal officials' version of events.More >>
CHULA VISTA (CNS) - The family of a woman shot to death in Chula Vista by a Border Patrol agent who said she ran into him with a car will hold a fundraiser Sunday to raise money to bury the mother of five.
The fundraiser is set at Rally's at Third Ave. and Moss St. in Chula Vista, starting at 11 a.m.
Valeria "Monique: Alvarado, 32, who grew up in the area and lived in Southcrest, was fatally shot through her windshield about 1 p.m. Friday on Moss Street near Oaklawn Avenue.
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 the U-T San Diego the woman had five children, 3-17 years old. Her husband had a hard time understanding what happened.
"Where's the evidence my wife threatened a trained officer?" Gilbert Alvarado asked in comments published by the U-T San Diego Saturday. "I want justice. 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.
Border Patrol agents would not say who they were looking to arrest when the shooting happened.
The U.S. Inspector General's Office will review the investigation being done by Border Patrol agents and Chula Vista police.