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Single bullet killed man shot by U.S. marshal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 23-year-old man shot and killed outside his West Side mobile home by a deputy U.S. marshal, who was investigating an unrelated case, was struck near his right armpit.

CAMACHO-ALVARADO

CAMACHO-ALVARADO

The bullet traveled downward and across Edgar Camacho-Alvarado’s body before it lodged in the left side of his chest. The single bullet caused his death, which was ruled a homicide, according to the autopsy report released Wednesday.

Robert Gorence, an attorney representing Camacho-Alvarado’s family, said Wednesday that tort claims notices have been filed at the state and federal level, which indicate a lawsuit may be filed over the shooting. Gorence said the family has also had an independent autopsy done.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Paul Hernandez fired the shot that killed Camacho-Alvarado at a mobile home complex near 75th and Central in February.

Hernandez told investigators that he entered the complex in search of another suspect when he encountered Camacho-Alvarado and the shooting occurred, according to New Mexico State Police, which is investigating the shooting. The agency previously said in a news release that Camacho-Alvarado flashed a gun at Hernandez, who gave chase before shooting Camacho-Alvarado near the steps leading to a home he shared with several family members.

The report said that Camacho-Alvarado had a rosary, phone, glass pipe and unknown black tar and white powdery substances in his possession when he was killed. He tested positive for morphine, methamphetamine and amphetamines, according to the toxicology report.

A State Police news release said that Hernandez told investigators that after a foot chase, Camacho-Alvarado was starting to raise his firearm and point it at Hernandez when he fired. They said a 9 mm Ruger handgun was found near Camacho-Alvarado’s body and that the gun was removed by Hernandez and placed in a nearby marshal vehicle.

The pistol was loaded and a bullet was in the chamber, according to police.

At the time of the shooting, deputy marshals were trying to arrest George Bond, who was wanted on murder charges out of Valencia County.

Bond was staying at a mobile home near the Alvarado family. He was taken into custody later that day and is scheduled for trial later this year, according to the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Ben Segotta, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said State Police are still investigating the shooting. A State Police spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Camacho-Alvarado’s family said their relative was working on his vehicle around 3:30 a.m. when he had a run-in with the deputy marshal.

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