Slain immigrant's wife disputes shooting account
By Seth Burkett
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The wife of a Decatur man shot by a Madison County sheriff's deputy said Thursday she doesn't believe police have told the entire story of her husband's death.
Anallely Quiroz Salgado, 21, said authorities refuse to show her evidence supporting their claim that that her husband, Jorge Quiroz Salgado, attacked deputies with a 4-by-4 post outside a lumber yard March 18.
Salgado, 22, died in surgery at Huntsville Hospital after being shot by a deputy he allegedly struck with the post.
"The police say he attacked the police, but when I asked the investigator, they say, 'No you can't see anything, it's in investigation now. They don't want to give me a copy of the police report, and they don't want to give me a copy of the autopsy," Anallely Salgado said.
Capt. Brad Beasley, investigations division commander for the Madison County Sheriff's Department, said the department would release nothing further to Salgado's family.
"Anytime there's an officer-involved shooting, there's going to be a lawsuit, and we're not go to give them anything to help them sue us. There's a method they can go through, but we're not going to just give it to them," Beasley said.
Huntsville police investigated the shooting, and a review board cleared the officers, but the case has been sent to the Madison County district attorney for presentation to a grand jury, Beasley said.
At about 5 a.m. on March 18, deputies and Huntsville police were on the hunt for a hit-and-run driver who had rammed several vehicles, Beasley said.
Shortly after the hit-and-run, two deputies were sent to an alarm call at L&L Lumber near Huntsville, Beasley said. Deputies realized a car parked at the building matched the description of the hit-and-run vehicle.
"When they were about to make entry into the building, the offender ran out of the building and struck one of the deputies in the head with about a 41/2-foot 4-by-4, knocking him back 10 or 12 feet and almost unconscious," Beasley said. "The man continued to advance and was about to hit the deputy again. In defense of his own life, (the deputy) drew the weapon and shot him once.
"Seconds later, another deputy engaged him. After he'd been shot, he was still about to hit the one who was down. (The second deputy) knocked the 4-by-4 out of his hand. He still had a belt wrapped around his hand with the buckle dangling, and he started beating the second deputy in the head with that."
The deputies wrestled Salgado to the ground during a fight that lasted several minutes, Beasley said.
"There was probably in excess of $100,000 worth of damage to the building that (Salgado) had caused prior to the deputies arrival. He had taken that same 4-by-4 and beaten computers, walls and wood work, in addition to their fence, which he had ran (his car) through in two places. He was just on a rampage," Beasley said. Beasley said police do not know what might have prompted the rampage.
"All we could do would be to speculate, and you hate to do that, but he was obviously mad about something," Beasley said.
Salgado, an illegal alien working under the assumed name of a deceased legal alien, Raul Valencia, was an employee of L&L, Beasley said.
Anallely Salgado said she could not imagine any reason why her husband would damage his workplace.
"So far, they have been telling everyone that he was some kind of delinquent, But he wasn't. He was a hard-working man who took care of his family. He was not in drugs or alcohol," Salgado said. She said a recent medical examination conducted about a week before the shooting showed her husband was not a drug-user.
"They say Jorge was a model worker," she said. "He'd do everything they want him to do, and they don't understand why he was doing damage."
She said her first thought upon seeing her husband's body at the funeral home was, "It is too hard for me."
"He was working for me and for my babies," she said, referring to the couple's 2-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son. "He was a good man. He was a good daddy with my babies. ... I can't believe two weeks have passed and he is dead. The little ones cry a lot for daddy.
"I and my family (will) work until they give me answers to all my questions about what is happened. Only the two police know what happened, and my husband and God because God sees everything," she said.
Cameras, however, did not see anything, authorities said. No video footage exists of the encounter between Salgado and deputies, although Madison County patrol cars are equipped with cameras.
"They're activated when you activate the blue lights," Beasley said. "You don't activate the blue lights when you're running to an alarm call because you don't want to alert the offender that you're there. Even if they had been running, they would not have filmed this because they were in an elevated area, above where the camera was aimed."
Anallely Salgado said she asked L&L whether there was a tape from the company's surveillance system.
"When we go to the company, they say they don't have a video because the video system is down for about three months," she said. "It is big, big company, and they should have it, no?"
Salgado said her husband was a small man, only about 5 feet, 5 inches tall. She doubts that he could have easily wielded the 4-by-4 post, she said.
Beasley said both the deputies were treated and released from the hospital following the incident, but Salgado said investigators would not show her proof they suffered injuries.
"I say to the investigator, 'I want to see the policeman or pictures (of his injuries),' and they say, 'You can't see that because he is a policeman,' " she said.
Investigators told her that her husband's toxicology test results would take about a year, she said.
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