UPDATE: Slain officer identified; 'stayed in the fight and gave ultimate sacrifice'

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A Salinas police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty, according to Salinas police Chief Roberto Filice.

The officer was identified as Jorge David Alvarado.

Although few details about the incident are known, the Monterey County District Attorney's Office is heading the investigation with support from multiple outside law enforcement agencies.

The deadly shooting took place around 10:45 Friday night during a traffic stop near Griffin and East Market streets, near Smart and Final.

"The officer stayed in the fight to the end and paid the ultimate price," Filice said. As a result, the suspected cop killer is behind bars, Filice said.

Alvarado came to the department from the Colma Police Department where he served as an officer for nearly five years. Alvarado served in the US Army prior to his law enforcement career, according to Salinas Police Department's website.

"Please support and embrace our police department," Mayor Kimbley Craig said. "They are hurting and they need to know they have your support."

Multiple law enforcement agencies have come forward to help and investigators will now piece together what happened Friday night. The area was blocked for several hours as investigators collected evidence and talked to witnesses.

Portions of the area remain closed.

Surveillance video from nearby businesses will be scoured over the next few hours.

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Law enforcement investigates the scene of a homicide in Salinas, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
Law enforcement investigates the scene of a homicide in Salinas, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

The officer killed Friday night is the third in Salinas Police Department's history including the first in 1945 when Edgar Smith died in a crash. The most recent slain officer was a police dog Klief in 2004. He was stabbed to death, according to the Officer Down Organization.

The Salinas officer is the fifth California officer killed this year.

Salinas leaders took to social media Saturday to express their condolences to the Salinas Police Department and the officer's loved ones.

"I share in the mourning, devastation and disbelief surrounding last night's loss," Salinas City Councilman Steve McShane stated. "Please join me in prayer as details unfold given the loss of one of our officers last night."

Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo also took to Facebook.

"WE MOURN OUR FALLEN OFFICER," Alejo wrote. "Monterey County District Attorney’s Office confirms Salinas officer killed overnight."

Salinas Chamber of Commerce updated its Facebook photo showing Salinas Police Department had lost an officer in the line of duty.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out the Salinas Police Department and the family of the officer who was shot and killed early this morning."

A memorial is planned for the fallen officer at the Salinas Police Department, according to an MC Blue social media post. Guests are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. and to bring flags of their choosing and flowers to honor the officer. The event ends at 5 p.m.

A Salinas police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty.
A Salinas police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty.

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Sheyanne Romero is a journalist for the USA TODAY Network and manages content for the Salinas Californian.

This article originally appeared on Salinas Californian: Salinas police officer killed in line of duty; investigation underway