(Photo by Matt Howerton)
WACO (December 19, 2013) A McLennan County sheriff’s deputy and a kidnapping suspect who were wounded Wednesday when a search for a kidnapped woman ended in an exchange of gunfire both remained in Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Thursday.
Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Spillman, who was shot in the leg, was in good condition and should be released from the hospital Thursday afternoon, Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said.
The suspect, Michael Alvarado, 25, remained in critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit, authorities said.
Alvarado is facing a list of charges including aggravated kidnapping, evading arrest and attempted capital murder, authorities said.
The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. Wednesday near America’s Storage at 1215 Baylor Ave., following a search that started after a woman was abducted at gunpoint Wednesday morning from a home in the 3300 block of Lyle Avenue, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Authorities were on the lookout for two vehicles, a black dodge pickup truck and a black Chevrolet pickup truck, in connection with the abduction.
They got a tip early Wednesday afternoon that Alvarado and the woman were in the black truck near the storage facility.
As officers confronted Alvarado, he tried to drive the truck through a gate to escape and then began firing, authorities said.
Spillman was struck once and Alavarado was hit several times.
The 23-year-old woman, who wasn't identified, wasn’t injured, but she was also taken to the hospital.
She was released Wednesday night.
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara called the situation "very dangerous" and said he's glad the victim is safe and that the deputy wasn't seriously hurt.
I’m just so thankful that it’s not life threatening from what I understand and that he’s going to be alright," he said.
“I’m extremely proud of the officers of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department...they acted very bravely and we’re very fortunate that the person kidnapped is safe," he said.
Earlier Wednesday afternoon McLennan County Sheriff's deputies were on the campus of Bosqueville Elementary School and the school was on lockdown while authorities searched for the kidnapped woman.
The woman has children who attend the Bosqueville school and deputies were sent there in case the woman and her abductor showed up.
The school went on a light lockdown just after noon and several deputies were sent to the campus.