A police officer was killed in a gunfight with a man he stopped for a traffic infraction in Northern California, authorities said Saturday. The suspect in the officer’s killing has been apprehended.
Officer Jorge David Alvarado of the Salinas Police Department pulled up a car in the vicinity of Market Street and Griffin Street at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, and the traffic stop devolved into a gunfight, according to Miguel Cabrera, a police department spokeswoman.
Salinas Police Chief Roberto Filice said Alvarado’s actions during the altercation aided in the suspect’s arrest during a news conference with multiple authorities on Saturday. Filice did not provide any other information on the culprit or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
“The officer fought until the finish. He eventually paid a price for his actions. Filice stated, “He devoted his life for it.”
“While the police department mourned the loss of a son, the community mourned the loss of a hero,” he continued.
Alvarado, 30, served with the agency for five years. His death was the first in about 80 years in Salinas, a city located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of San Francisco, according to Salinas Mayor Kimbley Craig.
“Our neighborhood and police department are decimated,” Craig added.
The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has initiated an inquiry into the incident, which involved an officer discharging his firearm. District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni stated that her office will withhold further information until the inquiry is completed.
Craig urged citizens to demonstrate their solidarity with the city’s police personnel.
“They are in pain, and they need to know that our community is behind them,” she explained.