Deputy doing O.K., suspect facing felony charges after shootout

POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 11:25pm

The McLennan County Deputy who was engaged in a shootout with a man while investigating a possible kidnapping is doing well in a local hospital. The suspect who was shot multiple times has been identified and is facing multiple felony charges while he remains in the same hospital in serious condition. 

Lt. Johnny Spillman of the McLennan County Sheriff's Department was involved in a shootout Wednesday afternoon with a man Waco PD said kidnapped his own girlfriend.

As a result, Spillman suffered a non-lethal gunshot wound. The suspect has been identified as 25-year old Michael Alvarado.

Alvarado is facing charges of aggravated kidnapping, evading arrest and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Sergeant Patrick Swanton of Waco PD said officers responded to the 3300 block of Lyle Ave. after they received a call of a possible kidnapping involving a man and a woman.

When they showed up, the two had already left.

Police narrowed down their location to the area of 12th and Baylor around 2 p.m.

Spillman was in the area and spotted the two near a storage unit.

That’s when Alvarado and Spillman engaged in a quick shootout.

Exact details were vague moments after the shooting.

“I can verify there was an officer that he was transported to a local hospital. I don’t have names, conditions or any information like that,” said Swanton on Wednesday. “We do believe the parties involved here at scene #2 are the same suspect and victim from our reported kidnapping earlier.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Marshals Task Force and other law enforcement agencies were at the scene shortly after the shooting.

The female victim was not injured.


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