Authorities in California Say, a Police Officer Was Shot and Killed While Conducting a Traffic Check!
Local officials reported during a Saturday press conference that a Salinas, California, police officer was shot and died Friday night while conducting a traffic check.
Jorge David Alvarado, 30, a five-year member of the Salinas Police Department, was confirmed as the killed officer by the Salinas Police Department.
Alvarado initiated the traffic stop that resulted in the officer-involved shooting at around 10:45 p.m., police chief Roberto Filice said during the press conference. He did not elaborate on what transpired during the stop.
“The officer fought to the last end. Finally, he paid the price for it with his life “According to the chief. “However, as a result of his activities, we were able to arrest the suspect, who is presently in jail.”
During the news conference, officials withheld details on the suspect.
Mayor Kimbley Craig commented, “Our community and police department are heartbroken.” “A Salinas police officer has not been killed in the course of duty in approximately 80 years.”
“Our policemen are inconsolable. They have suffered the loss of a brother. We have suffered the loss of a public worker “she said.
Salinas is located in Monterey County, approximately 59 miles south of San Jose.
District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni of Monterey County said her office was alerted of the occurrence, as is customary in officer-involved shootings, and is conducting an investigation. “An officer’s death in the line of duty exacts a heavy toll on a police department,” Pacioni noted.
Additionally, the police department is launching its own inquiry.