Man Killed in Shootout Had "Wild Side"

Alex Alvarado, 38 was fatally shot by a police officer early Friday after a gunbattle.

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    A suspected shooter who died following a shootout with San Bernardino police officers may have had a troubled past, according to people who knew him. John Cádiz Klemack reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from San Bernardino Friday, Aug. 6, 2014.

    The man who was killed early Friday after a shootout with San Bernardino police that left an officer in critical condition was a "good worker" but had a "wild side," the man's former employer said.

    Alex Alvarado, 38, was killed at 2 a.m. in San Bernardino, police said. The shootout started after Alvarado shot and critically wounded Officer Gabriel Garcia, who was in a medically induced coma Friday night, according to the Associated Press.

    Before police held a vigil outside a hospital for Gacia, hoping he would make a full recovery, a former colleague and neighbors shed light on who Alvarado was.

    "He was a good worker, knew what he was doing but had a bit of a wild side in him," said Mark Davis, a mechanic who employed Alvarado to paint cars.

    Neighbors Recount Suspects in Deadly Shootout

    [LA] Neighbors Recount Suspects in Deadly Shootout
    A man suspected of being involved in a shootout early Friday morning that left him dead and a San Bernardino police officer clinging for life was well known in the community where he lived and now neighbors are recalling what he and the group of men he was with were doing just before the deadly gun battle. Patrick Healy reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from San Bernardino Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

    Alvarado had gone through some recent hardships and had been having problems with his family and wife, a neighbor said. Alvarado had an arrest for a weapons violation, DUI grand theft, and assault with a deadly weapon, according to San Bernardino Superior Court records.

    Alvarado was described by neighbors as semi-homeless since he broke up with his wife. He sometimes lived in a car and sometimes with a neighbor.

    "He looked like he was so depressed yesterday, like he didn't want to live," said the neighbor, who only identified herself as Liz. "He was talking about his wife taking everything from him."

    Alvarado opened fire on Garcia who stopped to question him while his rookie partner questioned five others, police said.

    Officer Clings to Life Following Shootout

    [LA] Officer Clings to Life Following Shootout
    San Bernardino Officer Gabriel Garcia remained in critical condition Friday after being shot several times. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Colton Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

    Alvarado was shot and killed by Garcia's partner, an unidentified rookie with only months on the job.

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