Santa Maria police officer shot by best friend
January 30, 2012
The father of the Santa Maria police officer who was shot and killed while on duty Saturday morning by a fellow officer describes the shooter as his son’s best friend. [KSBY]
Officer Matt Kline had attempted to arrest Albert Covarrubias, Jr., while Covarrubias worked a DUI checkpoint on Broadway. Police had discovered the 29-year-old suspect knew he was going to be arrested for sexual misconduct with a child and intimidation of a witness, police said.
Covarrubias allegedly struggled with arresting officers, drew his weapon and fired. Kline shot him once in the chest.
“Instead of having the son that’s arrested I have the son that’s dead,” said Albert Covarrubias Sr. to KSBY. “It doesn’t make sense.”
In addition to a large extended family, Covarrubias also leaves behind his wife whom he married three weeks ago, KSBY said.