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Police shoot Chandler ex-con during domestic disturbance

Police shoot Chandler ex-con during domestic disturbance
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By Kevin Reagan
Arizonan Staff Writer

A Chandler man with a history of neglecting animals was killed by police officers on March 13 during a domestic violence incident.

Rosario Angel Alvarado, 46, died on March 16 after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds few days prior during a standoff with Chandler Police.

A woman had called 911 from a residence on Sacramento Street on the night of March 13 and claimed Alvarado was trying to kill her with a knife, according to Chandler Police.

When officers arrived at the home, Alvarado allegedly began yelling at them from inside the residence. The suspect then exited the home carrying a replica handgun.

Chandler Police claims Alvarado refused to drop the handgun and pointed it at the officers. Three officers fired their weapons, striking Alvarado several times.

The suspect was transported to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries a couple days later. The woman who called 911 was treated for a minor injury.

Court records indicate this was not Alvarado’s first encounter with Chandler Police.

He was arrested in 2014 on 13 counts of animal cruelty after officers found several malnourished dogs on his property.

Thirteen adult pit-bull dogs and four puppies were observed to be covered in dirt, urine and feces. Some of the animals were bleeding and visibly wounded.

According to a police report, Alvarado claimed he didn’t own the dogs and only threw food over the fence to feed them. He told investigators he didn’t even know how many dogs were on the property, since they were too vicious for Alvarado to get near.   

The Arizona Humane Society assessed the dogs and determined many were suffering from sarcoptic mange, a contagious skin disease that causes rashes and hair loss.

Because of their medical condition, the 13 adult dogs had to be euthanized. The four puppies were treated and put up for adoption.

Alvarado pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty, a Class 6 felony, and was sentenced by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to one year in prison. One condition of his sentencing obligated Alvarado to pay $3,000 to the Humane Society.

He was released from the state Department of Corrections in September 2015.

Alvarado previously served time in prison for an assault charge committed in 1998 and marijuana offenses committed in 1992.

Alvarado’s death is the second fatal officer-involved shooting reported this year in Chandler. On Jan. 27, a 32-year-old man was shot and killed by a Chandler officer after attempting to flee in a stolen car.

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