SALINAS, Calif. (KRON) — A Salinas police officer was shot to death Friday night, authorities said Saturday.
The officer was shot during a traffic stop at Griffin and East Market streets around 10:45 p.m. Friday, causing the area to be blocked for several hours.
A shooting suspect is in custody, officials said on Saturday. No other information on the suspect’s identity has not been released.
This is the first time a Salinas police officer has died in the line of duty in nearly 80 years, authorities said in a press conference.
The victim was identified as 30-year-old Jorge Alvarado who previously worked for the Colma Police Department four years before moving to Salinas, according to Colma’s police chief.
Alvarado has worked for the Salinas Police Department for five years.
Colma Police Chief John Munsey released a statement sending his condolences to the Alvarado family.
On behalf of the Colma Police Department, we send our sincere condolences to the men and women of the Salinas Police Department, and to the family of Officer Jorge Alvarado. Jorge was an amazing peace officer with a passion for his community. He was a proud member of the Colma Police Department for four years before lateralling to Salinas. He will forever be in our hearts, as his compassion and dedication will continue to live on.”Colma Police Chief John Munsey
Alvarado’s former police department in Colma posted a message on Facebook mourning his death.
The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is heading an investigation into the shooting, District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni said during a press conference.
Bay City News contributed to this report.