Chula Vista is beautiful city south of San Diego, close to the Mexican border—about seven miles each way. This buzzing city is the 14th most populous city in the United States and the 2nd in California with a population of around 260,000 people. Even though the population is primarily white, over 58% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino descent. Due to the city’s close proximity to Mexico, it is common to see Border Patrol officers in the streets. Unfortunately, those who work for Border Patrol are human. This means that officers are prone to abusing the power they have and sometimes getting away with it.
Wrongful Death in The City Streets
A 32-year-old woman, Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin Alvarado, mother of five, was shot by a Border Patrol agent while he was riding on the hood of the woman’s car. The family of the 32-year-old is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Border Patrol Agency because the man that shot her had a history of misconduct as a border patrol agent and in other enforcement positions. The agent was a 34-year-old man, Justin Tackett. He was in the woman’s neighborhood because he and a team were serving a warrant.
According to Tackett, he was outside an apartment building waiting to serve the warrant when Alvarado left another apartment, got in her car, and purposefully ran into him. He claimed that he repeatedly asked her to stop and when she didn’t he feared for his life and shot her. The agency believed Tackett did the right thing, but Tackett’s behavior is questionable given his history of misconduct. Tackett has been fired from enforcement before. There is written documentation of Tackett “willfully disobey[ing] a direct order”. He is also guilty of manipulating information and providing false information to an active investigation. Last, he was placed on suspension for crashing a patrol car and violating suspect’s rights.
The tickets track record will be a part of the lawsuit to prove that Tackett was negligent when he shot Ms. Alvarado. Ms. Alvardo’s family is representing her in court via a wrongful death suit. In a wrongful death suit, a family must prove that their loved one was killed due to the negligence of another person or party. If they win, then they are able to get financial compensation for things like funeral expense, loss of wages, loss of companionship, and medical bills.
What to Do
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone or party, then our Wrongful Death Attorneys at Edward J. Babbitt, APC in Chula Vista are ready to help you represent the death of your loved one. We are ready to help you gather the necessary evidence and paperwork needed to show that you and your family deserve justice. We know that no amount of money can bring your loved one back into existence, but it can help you process through the grief and feel a sense of justice. Call 619-543-1789 or click here to schedule an appointment with our professional attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward J. Babbitt, APC in Chula Vista today.