Family of Woman Killed by Border Patrol Files Wrongful Death Claim
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 - The family of a woman shot to death by U.S. Border patrol has filed a wrongful death claim.
Valeria “Munique” Alvarado, a mother of five, was shot to death in September by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista, California. Her family has filed a claim of wrongful death against the agency.
“The tragedy of this young mother's death must be fully investigated,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Hopefully, investigators will get to the bottom of the shooting and determine whether it could have been prevented.”
The agent, 34-year-old Justin Tackett, was dressed in plain clothes and investigating potential drug activity, unrelated to Alvarado, in the area. Other agents present say that Alvarado deliberately struck Tackett with her car. The agent was forced to ride on the hood of the car for several hundred feet. Tackett then shot Alvarado through the windshield nine times, according to the family's attorney.
The family intends to sue both the border agent who shot Alvarado and the agency that hired him, claiming they did not perform the required background checks on the officer. They also say the agent used excessive force in the shooting.
Documents filed in the claim as part of a required precursor to the wrongful death lawsuit show Tackett has a history of misconduct. In fewer than four years as an Imperial County sheriff's deputy, he received four suspensions for behavior, including violating suspects' rights and crashing a patrol car.
The claim further alleges that in 2002, during a probation case, Tackett failed to follow a direct order, and provided false information to investigators.
Shawn Moran of the National Border Patrol Council said he believed Tackett's actions in the incident were appropriate, and said Tackett would have the council's backing.
“Lawsuits of injury or wrongful death against law enforcement officers can be especially difficult,” added Mr. Joyce. “Anyone contemplating such a claim should be sure to hire an experienced attorney.”
Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave,
Tampa, FL 33606
View Larger Map
- Florida jury awards 10 million dollars in wrongful death lawsuit
A jury in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit found Domino’s Pizza liable for car accident that left a man paralyzed from the waist down and ultimately resulted in his death. After Richard Wiederhold, a Brevard County fire chief, was hit by a pizza delivery driver, he was left paralyzed, and his wife had to take […]
- Learn the facts about medical malpractice
Medical malpractice causes thousands of injuries and deaths every year. Here are the facts you should be aware of. • Medical malpractice is the third most common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to research published in the Journal of Patient Safety, which estimates that up to 440,000 […]
- Robert Joyce honored with 2016 Champion of Justice award
Attorney Robert Joyce will receive the 2016 Champion of Justice award from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. This prestigious award has only been given seven times in the past, and it is only presented to attorneys who have demonstrated an exceptional lifetime commitment to the service of justice. The Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: auto accident, brain injury, medical malpractice, Nursing home abuse, Tampa personal injury attorney, Tampa personal injury lawyer, wrongful death