ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man shot and killed by law enforcement Tuesday was already a wanted man, and very familiar to officers.
In just the last four years, 21-year-old Edgar Alvarado has had a lot of interaction with law enforcement. According to police, before he terrorized random drivers during Tuesday’s crime spree, Alvarado has been terrorizing neighbors for years.
Crime tape and the sound of gunshots are a familiar scene to neighbors on Rhode Island Street in northeast Albuquerque. “Gunshots, that was very frequent, would scare the mess out of me,” said Danyetta McWillie, who lived across the street from Alvarado.
According to police and many of his neighbors, Alvarado was behind a lot of problems in the neighborhood. “We’ve been sent there on many occassions where he’s been involved in multiple incidents,” said Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden.
Officers would learn the man carjacking victims across town Tuesday, was also their suspect in Tuesday morning’s shooting on Alvarado’s block.
A woman told KRQE News 13 off camera that Alvarado was arguing over a woman Tuesday morning, shot his friend, then went on the run. Police said a male victim was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound in his torso.
“He not only put himself in danger but he also put many others,” said Chief Eden.
Police said Alvarado carjacked a truck Tuesday, crashed the truck, then carjacked a Jeep. When officers caught up with him, police said Alvarado ran into a bicyclist, ditched the Jeep, then attempted to carjack a third driver.
Investigators said as Alvarado ran down the block, he pointed a gun and shot at law enforcement.
“Alvarado fires at least one shot, and the round struck one of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department marked unit,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales.
At that point, investigators say one Albuquerque Police officer fired six rounds, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy fired four rounds, and a second Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy fired at least two rounds.
Alvarado was hit multilple times, and later died at the hospital.
Investigators said Alvarado had in his possession a stolen .38 caliber gun, and shot at least five rounds from it that day.
McWillie said she got used to hearing gunfire in her neighborhood. “I was like, ‘OK what neighborhood did I move into?” McWillie told News 13. “Because it seemed when I first came over here, quiet.”
Since 2012, Alvarado has had at least 30 contacts with law enforcement. Police said he was wanted on four felony warrants.
According to criminal complaints, Alvarado is accused of beating up a pregnant girlfriend, pointing a gun at a neighbor, even shooting a neighbor’s house.
“Nights after I moved in, I’m hearing gunshots,” said McWillie. “I heard the gunshots and I immediately went to the floor.”
A woman who knew Alvarado well told KRQE News 13 he struggled with a drug addiction. Alvarado admitted to police in the past he’s a meth addict.
“It’s just really sad that he didn’t get the help he obviously needed,” said McWillie.
Investigators have not released the names of the two deputies and APD officer who shot at Alvarado. Sheriff Gonzales said all three law enforcement officers are on standard leave, and have multiple years of service.
Police said lapel video was collected from the APD officer who shot, and several other APD officers on scene.
The 21-year-old’s ex-girlfriend told News 13 he left behind a six month old baby.
Detectives have not released the name of the victim police believe was shot by Alvarado Tuesday morning.