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Gun pointed at deputy marshal had been stolen, State Police say

CAMACHO-ALVARADO: 23-year-old killed in raid

CAMACHO-ALVARADO: 23-year-old killed in raid

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The handgun recovered next to Edgar Camacho-Alvarado’s body – a firearm he allegedly pointed at a deputy U.S. marshal before being fatally shot by the officer – had been reported stolen about a year ago, a New Mexico State Police spokesman said Thursday.

Camacho-Alvarado was shot and killed early Saturday at a West Side trailer park by a deputy marshal serving as part of a task force searching for a homicide suspect.

State Police said the gun found at the scene, a 9 mm Ruger, had been reported stolen on March 21, 2015. It was taken from a vehicle and the theft reported to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. The gun was originally purchased in 1993.

State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce said police will have the gun tested to see whether it was used in any previous crimes.

Camacho-Alvarado’s relatives have raised questions about the shooting, saying their relative was working on his car when he was approached by authorities, then fatally wounded. A legal team representing the family has threatened to file a lawsuit and has compared the shooting to an execution.

State Police said in a news release on Wednesday that Camacho-Alvarado started following deputy marshal Paul Hernandez in the parking lot around 3:30 a.m., while Hernandez was searching for a homicide suspect.

Seeing that Camacho-Alvarado was armed with a gun, Hernandez told investigators, he drew his weapon and chased Camacho-Alvarado.

Hernandez fatally shot Camacho-Alvarado by the steps leading to his family’s trailer, according to State Police. Nearby deputy marshals pulled Camacho-Alvarado from the steps and handcuffed him, while Hernandez took the gun found next to the body and put it in a deputy marshal’s vehicle.

Hernandez told investigators that he fired when he saw Camacho-Alvarado raise his firearm and point it at him, according to police.

Robert Gorence, an attorney representing the Alvarado family, said questions remain about the case, including whether the deputy marshals knew that Camacho-Alvarado wasn’t the homicide suspect they were searching for, why at least one deputy marshal chased Camacho-Alvarado and whether the marshals were identifiable as law enforcement officers at the time the shooting happened.

The homicide suspect, George Bond, 25, was taken into custody after a SWAT standoff at a nearby trailer later on Saturday.

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