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Posted: Dec 6, 2012 9:16 PM

Updated: Dec 7, 2012 12:09 AM

EDINBURG - A sheriff's deputy on Thursday took the stand during and attempted murder trial and described the aftermath of a deadly shooting in 2011.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Deputy Oscar Elizondo said he saw a fellow deputy on the ground, in a pool of blood.

The deputy's testimony was heard during Jose Luis Alavarez's trial on attempted capital murder, kidnapping and drug charges.

"We heard shots being fired from the area where the traffic stop had been," Elizondo said from the stand.

Elizondo said he heard the shots through his police radio. He rushed to the intersection of FM-2812 and Val Verde Road.

"I saw two bullet holes by his badge," Elizondo said. "I saw a pool of blood on his right side."

Elizondo called for medical help.

Prosecutors on Tuesday presented a video showing a suspect opening fire on Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies.

The video shows Alvarez standing behind a truck when his passenger, Daniel Hernandez Perez, exits the truck and opens fire, point-blank on one of the deputies. The shooting happened in October, 2011.

Alvarez's defense said he did not shoot at the deputies and should not be blamed for someone else's actions.

Prosecutors said the pair was working under Gulf cartel orders.

The video shows Alvarez speaking with one of the deputies as the other deputy approaches the passenger door.

Moments later, Hernandez opens the door and fires, point-blank, on Deputy Hugo Rodriguez.

The video shows Rodriguez collapsing after the shots. Officials said the rounds hit his bullet-proof vest.

Hernandez then turns and runs toward the other deputy and opens fire. The suspect turns back as the deputy returns fire. Rodriguez also fired as he was on the ground.

Alvarez and Hernandez were both hit in the volley of bullets. Hernandez died.

Trevino called the shooting the first confirmed case of spillover violence.

Rodriguez, the wounded deputy, is expected to take the stand Friday.

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