Witnesses who saw a woman shot multiple times by a Border Patrol agent said that she was driving in reverse when the agent shot her.
The incident occurred on Friday when agents in plain clothes were in the Chula Vista area on Moss Street near Oaklawn Avenue serving a felony warrant. Valeria “Monique” Alvarado, 32, who grew up in Chula Vista, and was living in the Southcrest neighborhood, was driving in the area for unknown reasons, when she allegedly hit an agent with her vehicle.
Authorities said that Alvarado intentionally tried to run over the agent. Calif. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott said the agent was carried on the hood of the woman’s car for several yards before he fired his weapon at her.
“She literally ran our agent down, the agent actually was impacted, was hit by the vehicle and carried several hundred yards on the hood before fearing for his life did discharge his weapon to get the vehicle to stop,” Scott told ABC News.
But, some witness accounts are saying they saw the agent walking towards the car. Prince Watson told ABC news, “As the car was backing up, the officer was in the street walking toward the car, and discharging.”
Ayanna Evans told U-T San Diego she never saw the agent on the car, but did see a car backing up slowly and a man in a red shirt walking toward the car.
Other witnesses believe that Alvarado accidentally stuck the agent, who was in plain clothes and panicked when he pulled a gun and told her to stop.
Alvarado suffered five bullet holes in her face, arms and chest. The FBI and Chula Vista Police are investigating the shooting.
“I love her to the fullest. That’s my heart,” husband Gilbert Alvarado told U-T San Diego. “Where’s the evidence my wife threatened a trained officer? I want justice.”