Santa Maria police officer accused of sex with teen
January 28, 2012
The Santa Maria police officer who was shot and killed earlier today allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, Chief Dan Macagni said.
Police discovered the 29-year-old suspect knew he was going to be arrested for sexual misconduct with a child and intimidation of a witness. At about 1 a.m. today, department officials decided to serve an arrest warrant while the suspect officer was on duty at a DUI checkpoint.
The suspect officer struggled with arresting officers, drew his weapon and fired. He was shot once by a fellow officer and died later at Marian Medical Center from his injuries.
“(He) knew we knew, he was going to be arrested,” Macagni said.
A four-year-veteran of the department, the deceased officer left behind a wife. Officials said they will not release his identity until more members of his family are notified.