California Police Officer Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop in Salinas

A Salinas, California, police officer was shot and killed Friday night while conducting a traffic stop, local officials said during a Saturday news conference.

The Salinas Police Department identified the slain officer as 30-year-old Jorge David Alvarado, a five-year veteran of the force.

At around 10:45 p.m., Alvarado made a traffic stop that led to the officer-involved shooting, police chief Roberto Filice said during the news conference. He did not provide further details about what happened during the stop.

“The officer stayed in the fight all the way to the end. Ultimately, he paid the price for it, he gave his life for it,” the chief said. “But thanks to his actions, we were able to apprehend the suspect and we currently have him in custody.”

Officials did not share information about the suspect during the news conference.

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SOURCE: CNN, Paradise Afshar and Laura James