Salinas police officer shot and killed while carrying out a traffic stop; suspect arrested


SALINAS, Calif. — Flags are now flown at half-mast at all municipal buildings in Monterey County in memory of a Salinas police officer who was killed in the line of duty while conducting a traffic stop late Friday night.

Salinas Police Office. Jorge David Alvarado was shot and killed in the line of duty around 10:45 p.m. Friday near Griffin and East Market streets while conducting a traffic stop, according to Salinas Police Chief Roberto Filice, who spoke at a press conference on Saturday.

A suspect has been arrested and taken into custody while the investigation continues.

“Cost. Alvarado’s heroic action during the confrontation directly led to the arrest of the suspect,” according to a statement posted Saturday on the Salinas Police Department website.

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“The officer stayed in the fight until the end and paid the ultimate price,” Filice said.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting, District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni said at the press conference.

Alvarado, who was 30, was a five-year veteran of the police department.

“Please support and embrace our police department,” said Salinas Mayor Kimbley Craig. “They are hurting and they need to know they have your support.”

The area was blocked off for several hours last night after the shooting as investigators collected evidence and spoke to witnesses.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact police at (831) 758-7321 or the anonymous TIP line (831) 775-4222.

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