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Female kidnapping victim in officer involved shooting identified

WACO, TX (KXXV) - A local deputy is in stable condition after being shot in the leg near 12th and Baylor Wednesday afternoon while working on a kidnapping case.

The deputy has been identified as McLennan County Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Spillman. He sustained non life-threatening injuries and was transported to Hillcrest. Spillman is in stable condition at the hospital and is expected to be ok.

The deputy was on the scene investigating a kidnapping that took place Wednesday morning in Waco. They arrived on the scene after receiving a report about the kidnapping suspect.

Police say the kidnapping suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Michael Alvarado. Alvarado was inside a storage unit with the female victim, Caitlin Betsy McNamara, 23, and opened fire on deputies. McLennan County Sheriff's Office says McNamara is a distant relative of Sheriff Parnell McNamara. The suspect was shot and was also taken to Hillcrest, listed in critical condition. Alvarado faces a number of charges for the kidnapping and shooting including attempted capital murder of an officer, resisting an arrest, aggravated kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

According to Waco PD, Alvarado kidnapped McNamara just after 11 a.m by gun point Wednesday morning in the 3300 block of Lyle Ave. in Waco. Police say the two had a "rocky history."

"It's our understanding that those two are in some type of dating relationship or had been in some type of dating relationship. That call led our officers to that location, where we got additional information about vehicles involved and started looking for vehicles that our kidnapped victim and our kidnapped suspect may be in," said Waco PD Sgt. Patrick Swanton.

During a county wide search for the pair, a constable and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff's Office spotted the vehicle. Swanton says sometime shortly after arriving at the scene, shot's were fired.

Authorities described the scene as very dangerous.

"The suspect was inside the storage facility and law enforcement officers attempted to move in," Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said. "He attempted to ram through the gate to escape and at that point began firing at the officers."

Bosqueville Elementary School was put on a "soft lockdown" since the victim has children who go there just as a precaution, Cawthon said. 

Authorities are thankful there were no more injuries.

"This is just an example of law enforcement of coming together and working together." Cawthon said. "Except the wounded officer, this was just a good result."

The Texas Ranges are investigating the incident. 
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