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Wrongful death claim in SD Border Patrol shooting

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012

But in a wrongful termination suit he filed in 2004, he claimed he was the victim of retaliation for pursuing cases against supervisors' friends and of racial discrimination because he was white.

On Sept. 28, authorities say Alvarado left an apartment in Chula Vista where border agents were serving a warrant against someone else, and say she deliberately ran into Tackett, who shot her out of fear for his life after being forced to ride on the hood for several hundred yards as he asked her to stop.

Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the agents' union, said he was confident Tackett did the right thing in the incident.

"If the agent says his life was threatened and he needed to use deadly force, we're going to back him and accept his statement at face value," Moran told U-T San Diego, which first reported the Alvarado family claim.

The FBI and Chula Vista police are investigating the incident.