Key witness to murder of Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin) claimes he was harassed and detained by the Border Patrol after the shooting

Prince Watson, who observed the murder of Valeria Monique Alvarado (aka Valeria Munique Tachiquin) from a distance of 30 feet, claims that killer Justin Tackett was not on the hood of her car but rather was shooting from a standing position.  He further claims that the Border Patrol harassed and detained him afterward in an apparent attempt to coerce his story.

(I would think that forensic analysis of gunpowder deposits on the windshield should answer this question rather easily, and all they would need to verify it are an identical gun & ammo and a couple junked cars with intact windshields.)

10 News: Witness to deadly shooting by Border Patrol agent disputes official account:  War veteran also says he was harassed (Nov 21 2012)

Investigators said [Justin] Tackett was on the hood of Tachiquin’s moving car and feared for his life  …  [Prince] Watson said that is not what he saw.  “Just watching him from a standing position firing at the front of the car at the female,” Watson said. “He was not on the hood of the car. He was standing on his two feet.”  Watson said he could see Tackett’s face — that he was less than 30 feet away.

Watson said one of those agents wanted to know what he saw. Watson said he told the agent he didn’t have to say anything.  “He basically told me, ‘No, if you’re not going to give us a statement we’re taking you into custody, you’re under federal investigation, you’re being detained.’ And he handcuffed me and threw me in the car,” Watson said. “They were trying to tell me what I saw. They kept repeating themselves, ‘Hey that was an agent. He was on the hood of that car.’ I was scared.”  Watson said a Chula Vista police officer arrived and freed him.

“Unjustified behavior is what I saw,” Watson said. “I saw a man with no self control.”

“A man with no self-control” sounds a lot like the problem deputy described in the Imperial County lawsuit documents.

San Diego Free Press:  Border Patrol Story About Chula Vista Shooting Death Unraveling (Nov 21 2012)

The witness [Prince Watson] went on to tell 10News that he was handcuffed and thrown into a Border Patrol vehicle after refusing to give a statement to investigating officers.  “They were trying to tell me what I saw. They kept repeating themselves, ‘Hey that was an agent [Justin Tackett]. He was on the hood of that car.’ I was scared.”

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