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California officer fatally shot during traffic stop

According to local officials during a Saturday news conference, a police officer for Salinas, California was shot and killed on Friday night while he was conducting a traffic stop.

The Salinas Police Department noted that the slain officer was 30-year-old Jorge David Alvarado, who had been on the force for five years before his death. 

Alvarado made a traffic stop at around 10:45 p.m., that led to the officer-involved shooting, according to police chief Roberto Filice, who spoke during the news conference. Filice did not provide any other details regarding what took place during the stop.

“The officer stayed in the fight all the way to the end. Ultimately, he paid the price for it, he gave his life for it,” the chief commented. “But thanks to his actions, we were able to apprehend the suspect and we currently have him in custody.”

Salinas officials did not give any information specifically about the suspect during the news conference. “Our community and our police department are devastated,” said Mayor Kimberly Craig. “The death of a Salinas police officer in the line of duty has not occurred in nearly 80 years.” She added, “Our officers are grieving. They’ve lost a brother. We have lost a public servant.” 

The city of Salinas is located just around 59 miles south of San Jose, lying in Monterey County. The Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni said that her office was notified following the incident, which is standard protocol with all officer-involved shootings, and the office is already investigating.

“The death of an officer while performing his duties takes a huge toll on the police department,” Pacioni said. The police department is also conducting its own investigation.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNN

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