Santa Maria police officer admitted illicit relationship
February 8, 2012
At a contentious Santa Maria City Council meeting, the police chief said prior to the shooting death of Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr., the department taped the officer admitting he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl. [KSBY]
On Tuesday night, attendees packed the council chambers and voiced concerns about department policies and leadership.
Almost two weeks ago, an officer shot and killed Covarrubias while he worked a DUI checkpoint on Broadway. Covarrubias had fired his weapon at officers attempting to arrest him.
The day before, police officials discovered the 29-year-old officer had been allegedly having sexual contact with a minor. In a taped phone conversation with the minor, Covarrubias admitted the relationship, threatened the girl not to tell and said he was going to harm himself, police said.
“We knew that he made statements that he was going to hurt himself”, Macagni said. “We had an obligation to do it (arrest him) at that time.”