Nine Santa Maria police officers disciplined
March 8, 2013
Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin fired two top managers and reprimanded seven officers Thursday in connection with the shooting death of officer Alberto Covarrubias, Jr. [KSBY]
In Jan. 2012, police had discovered that Albert Covarrubias, Jr., 29, knew he was going to be arrested for sexual misconduct with a child and intimidation of a witness. Officers then attempted to arrest Covarrubias at a DUI checkpoint on Broadway.
Covarrubias shot at two supervisors before his best friend, Officer Matt Kline, fatally shot him. Santa Barbara County District Attorney determined the shooting was legally justified.
On Thursday, Martin took disciplinary actions after reviewing an internal affairs investigation that included 1700 pages of reports and more than 100 recorded interviews.
Chief Martin told KSBY the officers have ten days to appeal his action.