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Man Accused Of Shooting Deputy Jailed After Hospital Release

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Mike Joseph Alvarado (Jail photo)

Mike Joseph Alvarado (Jail photo)

WACO (December 27, 2013) A man accused of shooting a McLennan County Sheriff's deputy was in jail Friday after he was released from a local hospital Thursday.

Mike Joseph Alvarado, 25, was ordered held in lieu of bonds totaling $750,000, charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant.

Texas Rangers are investigating, McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said.

"We just think it’s appropriate for another agency" to make the decisions on additional charges, Cawthon said.

The shooting occurred at around 2 p.m. December 18 near America's Storage at 1215 Baylor Ave., following a search that started after police received a report that a woman was abducted at gunpoint from a home in the 3300 block of Lyle Avenue

As officers confronted Alvarado, he tried to drive the truck through a gate to escape and then began firing, authorities said.

Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Spillman was struck once and Alvarado was hit several times.

Both were taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

The woman, Caitlin McNamara, is also a focus of the investigation, Cawthon said.

Cawthon confirmed the woman is a distant relative of McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Charges against her could include a federal charge of making a firearm available to a convicted felon because she admitted the handgun used in the shooting was hers and that she had given it to Alvarado, who’s a convicted felon, Cawthon said.

She has since said that she wasn’t taken against her will and that the reports of the abduction were the result of a misunderstanding.

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