Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Woman 10 Times


When dealing with potentially dangerous suspects, sometimes law enforcement have no other choice than to use fatal action. However, was this one of those cases?

According to Associated Press, a Border Patrol agent in Southern California shot and killed a mother of five after she hit him with her car back in September.

Here’s the full report, via Yahoo! News:

“Alvarado fled a friend’s apartment in Chula Vista when agents came with an arrest warrant for someone else, according to the autopsy, mirroring previous statements from police. Police say her car struck an agent and she drove with him on the hood for about 200 yards.

The agent held on to the Alvarado’s 1994 Honda Accord after breaking the windshield, firing his pistol until she stopped, the autopsy says.

Alvarado’s blood tested positive for methamphetamine at 0.1 milligram per liter.”

The agent, 34-year-old Justin Tackett, layed 10 shots in the fleeing victim, 32-year-old Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin Alvarado, from the hood of her car as he tried to get her to stop, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

Alvarado’s family has filed a wrongful death claim against the Border Patrol, saying Tackett had as many as 4 past suspensions for misconduct in a previous law enforcement job and should not have been on the street.

Do you think Agent Tackett was right in trying to slow down the woman after she hit him with her car, or could there have been less fatal optons? Let us know.