Friday, October 11, 2013
Policer suspect Gerardo Alvarez shot a Farmers Branch ISD employee
Police are still searching for him.
FARMERS BRANCH A video of the parking lot at the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD’s Service Center led police to believe that Gerardo Alvarez, 37, of Grand Prairie, shot and killed Todd Edward Fenton, 45, an employee at the service center, on October 2.
Alvarez has continued to elude police for more than a week.
According to the warrant for his arrest, filed by officer B. Turner of the Carrollton Police Department, C-FB ISD video surveillance revealed that a gold colored Mercury pulled up to the maintenance barn about 3:01 p.m.
“A Hispanic male was observed exiting the vehicle,” the warrant read. “Once outside the vehicle, the suspect looked around and then walked toward the maintenance barn. It appeared that the suspect had the outline of an object under his shirt, in the right waistband of his pants. The suspect returned to his vehicle about 45 seconds later.”
Upon seeing the video, Roderick Smith, a C-FB ISD foreman, and James Petty, department head of the C-FB ISD grounds division, identified the suspect as Alvarez.
Also Tommie Hayes, a witness, told police he was just outside of the service center about 3 p.m. on October 2 when he heard six gunshots. He said there were “four rapid gunshots and then two slower.”
Fenton’s body was not discovered until after 11 p.m. on October 2.
James Webb, a dispatcher for Dallas County schools who works out of the service center, said he discovered Fenton’s body. He called police at 11:23 p.m.
According to the arrest warrant, Webb initially thought Fenton was asleep and tried to wake him. Then he saw blood on the wall and around the victim’s head.
The following day, police went to Alvarez’ home in Grand Prairie, but he was not there. He also had not reported for work the day after the shooting.
Carrollton police have issued a statewide alert to peace officers to be on the lookout for Alvarez He is 6'2" and weighs about 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a 1997 beige Mercury Cougar, with Texas license DC5J438.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Carrollton police at 972-466-3333.
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