Family of Albuquerque man killed by U.S. Marshals to file lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The family of a man killed in a deadly shooting involving the U.S. Marshals office is demanding answers from the federal government. They claim deputy U.S. Marshals went to the wrong home this weekend and shot the wrong man.

Edgar Camacho-Alvarado’s family hired a team of attorneys to help them find answers.

“So far that has been completely stonewalled in terms of even what happened early Saturday morning,” said Robert Gorence, attorney for Edgar Alvarado’s family.

Alvarado’s family said authorities went to the wrong home around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. U.S. Marshals were looking for George Bond, a murder suspect wanted out of Valencia County.

However, it was 23-year-old Alvarado who was shot and killed.

“There has been this stone cold silence on the part of the federal government,” Gorence told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

In a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Alvarado’s family said they’ll file an intent to sue by the end of the week. They also ask for all law enforcement records to explain “how this inexplicable tragedy unfolded.”

“We feel powerless with these people,” said Adan Cano, Alvarado’s stepdad. “They almost killed all of us, they pointed guns at my wife, me and my kids.”

Witnesses said Alvarado was shot four times in the back by a deputy U.S. Marshal at point-blank range.

“We have evidence developed including with Hermelinda {Alvarado’s mom} that Edgar was dragged from the house after having been struck multiple times, taken outside, given commands to give up a weapon,” explained Gorence. He said Alvarado was then “Shot a fourth time almost what you would call ‘execution style.'”

“Two shots outside, one at the door, and one after being dragged out of the house,” Gorence added.

Attorneys also point to a search warrant for Alvarado’s home, which was signed by a judge in state district court hours after the shooting. The search warrant also states it is to be executed during the day, “between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10 p.m.”

Why it was obtained and what was seized is a mystery to Alvarado’s family. “If it was issued afterwards, why do they have to seal it?” Gorence questioned. “Other than covering their you-know-what.”

Bond, he U.S. Marshals’ fugitive, was found later in the day and arrested more than 100 feet away from Alvarado’s home, at a different trailer.

“Why and how could they go to the wrong house?” Gorence said. “We’ll be working very diligently to get things unsealed, get to the bottom, and get some truth.”

Family members said Alvarado was outside working on his truck before the shooting. The family also claims Alvarado wasn’t armed when he was killed.

“He didn’t deserve to die like this, he really didn’t,” said Perla Alvarado, Edgar Alvarado’s cousin.

The U.S. Marshals Office has not said what led to the shooting, only that there was a “confrontation” with Alvarado.

Attorneys said Edgar Alvarado’s brother had a cell phone seized by U.S. Marshals. It’s unclear if the cell phone contained video evidence.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the U.S. Marshals’ Office and New Mexico State Police, who is investigating the shooting. Neither agency would comment, except to say the case is still under investigation.

Alvarado’s family said someone with the FBI apologized to them in person for going to the wrong house, but aside from that, they have heard nothing from the feds.

Gorence said the Office of the Medical Investigator, or OMI, has completed an autopsy, but the agency will not release a report for 8-12 weeks. The family plans to request an independent autopsy as well, to try and get answers quicker.

Read the documents provided by the Alvarado family’s attorneys below:

 

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