CHULA VISTA, Calif. -
The mother of five who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent who said she tried to run him down outside a known drug house in Chula Vista had a substance abuse problem, according to court documents.
10News obtained records showing Munique Tachiquin was charged with being under the influence of methamphetamine in July 2000. She was also charged with possession of meth in January 2004.
Court records show that she pleaded guilty in both cases and agreed to enroll in drug diversion programs, but struggled to complete them.
When she died, Tachiquin was on probation for a drug charge in 2011.
"Whether or not she had something to do with drugs that day is not clear. It is possible, but it is not a justification for her to have been killed," said attorney Gene Iredale, who is representing Tachiquin's family.
Iredale called it unfair of Chula Vista police to release information about Tachiquin's drug history when they won't give out information about the Border Patrol agent accused of shooting her multiple times.
"We believe that it is critical to know if that person has a history of abusing people, mistreating people, illegally arresting people, illegally searching people, lying in police reports, disobeying his superiors," said Iredale. "If all of those things are true, then that person who shot and killed another human being in the circumstances that are not entirely clear, that person also has a past that has to be weighed in the balance."
Iredale claimed the Chula Vista Police Department is trying to tarnish the character of Tachiquin while covering for the agent.
"They're not supposed to be looking to cover for or cover up for or cut loose a Border Patrol agent who used deadly force in circumstances where it may well have been inappropriate and wrong," said Iredale.
Chula Vista police issued a statement Friday that said the department will not release the agent's name because of safety issues.