Gustavo Matias Morales has been arrested and charged with the murder of Officer Jorge Alvarado Jr in Salinas California. According to police documents Officer Jorge Alvarado Jr was shot during a shootout with Gustavo Matias Morales following a traffic stop. According to news reports this this is the first time in 80 years a Salinas police officer has been killed in the line of duty. Gustavo Matias Morales is facing charges of of murder and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury or death to a peace officer.
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The suspect in an officer-involved shooting that took the life of a Salinas police officer has been identified.
A source with the Monterey County Jail confirmed with KION that Gustavo Matias Morales, 31, was taken into custody for the shooting death of Officer Jorge Alvarado Jr.
Officer Alvarado Jr. was killed during a shootout on Friday night on Griffin and East Market Street, according to police.
Gustavo Matias Morales was arrested after shooting and killing Alvarado Jr. and taken to Monterey County Jail.
He faces charges of murder and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury or death to a peace officer.
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A police officer in Salinas died in the line of duty Friday night. Officer Jorge Alvarado Jr was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in the East Market area.
Salinas police were able to arrest the suspect and take him into custody
Mayor Kimbley Craig said it is the first time a Salinas police officer has been killed in the line of duty in 80 years.
Chief of Police Roberto Filice described the fallen officer as a friend and hero to his community.
Bakersfield police offered their condolences on social media writing in part “our sincerest prayers of love and comfort to the family.”