Affidavit: Slain Carrollton-Farmers Branch employee was repeatedly shot in the back

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by MARCUS MOORE and STEVE STOLER

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Posted on October 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 5:43 PM

CARROLLTON –– The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD employee found killed at his workplace was shot multiple times in the back, according to an arrest affidavit.

The body of Todd Fenton, 48, was found at the CFBISD Service Center bus barn in the 1500 block of Randolph St. on Wednesday night. The employee who found Fenton was a dispatcher. He noticed a district truck parked outside a maintenance barn at 7 p.m. 

"The roll up door was open and the lights were on," the document says. 

At 11 p.m., the employee clocked out and drove back by the building, located at the northeast corner of the property. Everything was the same. 

The affidavit says the employee then entered the barn and saw a pair of feet near the far side of a desk. He approached the person and saw a man lying on the ground. He thought the person was asleep, the document says, and attempted to wake him.

After noticing a small amount of blood on the wall, the affidavit says the witness called police. 

When police arrived, they found Fenton face down in a pool of blood. There were also six 9mm shell casings at the murder scene as well as four bullet fragments and a signle live round. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Gerardo Rodriguez Alvarez, a 36-year-old district employee who worked in the same facility as Fenton.

“Their investigation and the intelligence they received pointed to this gentleman as a suspect,” said Carrollton police spokeswoman Nicole Rodriguez. 

According to the document, Alvarez was spotted on the bus barn’s surveillance cameras entering the area. He appeared to have a handgun. The arrest warrant obtained by News 8 on Friday does not indicate whether security cameras captured the shooting itself. 

"It appeared the suspect had the outline of an object under his shirt, in the right waist band of his pants," the document reads. "The suspect returned to his vehicle approximately forty-five seconds later." 

A witness at a nearby rehabilitation center told police he was outside smoking when he heard gunshots. He said he heard six shots, "four rapid shots and then two slower." 

Roland Donnell, Fenton's supervisor, said there were no obvious problems between the two men. He said Fenton was a "great employee" who will be missed by his colleagues. 

"If there are some reasons, they must be personal reasons," said Donnell. 

Service center staffers rarely saw Alvarez.

"He was employed in the grounds department, mowing fields," Donnell said. "He had a truck, trailer and a piece of equipment." 

According to the arrest affidavit, another district employee said Alvarez showed him a gun and said he had a license for it. Police verified that. They have not publicly linked his gun to the killing.

Alvarez is Hispanic and stands 6’2’’. He is 190 pounds and has brown and eyes and brown hair. He was last seen driving a 1997 beige Mercury Cougar with Texas plate No. DC5J438. 

Officers visited his home on Thursday but he was not there. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call police at 972.466.3333.

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