The Alvin Police Department was formed in 1950 and replaced a city marshal system of law enforcement. The Department has had 11 full-time chiefs of police in its six decades of existence. Currently, the Alvin Police Department consists of 79 paid members, 49 of which are sworn police officers, with the remaining 30 employees holding civilian positions. With an annual operating budget of approximately $6.2 million, the Alvin Police Department offers a variety of services to improve the public safety and quality of life in our community. Mission Statement
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On Monday, May 4, 2015 at approximately 8:40a the Houston Police Department contacted the Alvin Police Department seeking assistance in locating a man who had just been involved in a disturbance in Houston. The male was reported to be armed with at least two handguns and reportedly discharged his weapons at least twice during the disturbance. He was also reportedly on a three day alcohol and drug binge. The male was reported to have taken his one month old child from the child’s mother during the disturbance.
HPD provided a detailed description of the actor, his vehicle and speculated he may travel to his mother’s residence in the 1600 block of Rosharon Road in Alvin. Alvin officers were immediately dispatched. The officers arrived in the area shortly and were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. Within a few minutes the suspect vehicle arrived being driven by a male matching the description of the suspect wanted by HPD.
Two Alvin officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and gave the driver voice commands to exit the vehicle. The driver opened his door, but did not fully exit. After repeated commands to disarm and exit the suspect refused and finally rolled and fired several rounds in to the police car. Alvin officers continued to give him verbal commands to disarm and exit the vehicle. The driver fired again at which point officers returned fire.
Once officers were able to approach the suspect vehicle it was apparent he had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Alvin EMS, who was preparing to stage in the area was directed into the scene and began emergency medical treatment. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where his condition remains grave.
The Alvin Police Department is being assisted in the investigation by investigators from the Brazoria County Sheriffs Office and the District Attorney’s office. The officers names are not being released at this time. Although officers did return fire it is not yet clear whether the suspect’s injuries were self-inflicted.
The suspect has been identified as Alfredo Vasquez, 38, of Houston. Investigation has revealed Vasquez arrived at the mobile home ahead of the officers and delivered the baby to family members. He then left to a local convenience store and was returning when the officers encountered him.