New Details Suggest Alternate Story of Mother Shot by Border Patrol Agent

Attorney says bullet evidence may suggest mother was shot while standing in front of car

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     A San Diego woman killed by a Border Patrol agent in September had methamphetamine in her system, according to a new report from the county Medical Examiner.

    The 20-page report reveals that Valeria Tachiquin-Alvarado had a methamphetamine level of .10 in her blood.

    New Details Suggest Alternate Story of Mother Shot by Border Patrol Agent

    [DGO] New Details Suggest Alternate Story of Mother Shot by Border Patrol Agent
    Attorney Eugene Iredale tells NBC 7 that a mother shot by a border patrol agent may have been in a different position when she was shot. (Published Friday, Dec 7, 2012)

    No evidence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs was found.

    The autopsy report also confirms earlier information about the shooting and gives new details about how Alvarado died.

    New Details Suggest Alternate Story of Mother Shot by Border Patrol Agent

    [DGO] New Details Suggest Alternate Story of Mother Shot by Border Patrol Agent
    Attorney Eugene Iredale tells NBC 7 that a mother shot by a border patrol agent may have been in a different position when she was shot. (Published Friday, Dec 7, 2012)

    According to the report, Alvarado hit an unnamed border patrol agent with her car and then tried to drive away with him clinging to the hood after she allegedly disobeyed a police order and tried to flee from an enforcement operation on Moss Street in Chula Vista.

    The Medical Examiner’s report said the agent held onto the the car, drew his Smith and Wesson pistol and fired the 10 shots into the vehicle.

    According to the report, Alvarado was hit in the right hand, arm, abdomen and chest, and died from bullet wounds to her heart, aorta, lungs and other vital organs. 

    Attorney Eugene Iredale, who represents the Alvarado family, said although the methamphetamine found in Tachiquin-Alvarado’s system was a significant amount, it may have been the result of diet medications or supplements.

    Family Outraged Over Woman's Shooting

    [DGO] Family Outraged Over Woman's Shooting
    The family of 32-year-old Valeria Alvarado, who was shot and killed by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Friday in Chula Vista, is outraged over her death, saying the shooting was unjustified. NBC 7's Tony Shin reports. (Published Saturday, Sep 29, 2012)

    Iredale also acknowledged that Alvarado did have a “substance-abuse problem,” which could account for the drug finding.

    But Iredale said the new information about the 10 bullets, which caused 14 separate wounds, is more important.

    He said details about the angle of travel of those bullets reveals that the agent shot Alvarado while standing in front of her car, not while he was being carried along on the hood of the vehicle.

    Authorities with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol did not respond to requests for comment.

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