An on-duty police officer who was under investigation for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl has been shot dead by fellow officers.
The 29-year-old cop, who worked for Santa Maria police in California, was killed as officers tried to arrest him while he manned a DUI checkpoint.
The motorcycle traffic officer, a newlywed who had been with the department for four years, was declared dead after emergency surgery
The shooting came after he had learned of the investigation into his relationship and it became necessary to arrest him at once, police said.
They had discovered an ‘inappropriate’ and ‘very explicit’ relationship had been going on.
‘We had no choice,’ police chief Danny Macagni said in a news conference reported by KCOY-TV.
Investigators had evidence ‘that demanded that we go out and take this officer off the street immediately’, he said.
When officers arrived, the suspect put up a fight before firing his gun – but hitting no one.
‘This is a very tragic and unfortunate situation that unfolded very rapidly and the results are something we are going to have to deal with’
Police chief Danny Macagni
‘He chose to resist, he drew his weapon, a fight ensued, he fired his weapon,’ the chief said.
More officers came to help the police and one shot the suspected officer in the chest once, Macagni said.
He added: ‘The information that we had in hand demanded that we not let him leave that scene, get in a car, drive somewhere, it would put the public at risk.
‘We just did not know what was going to happen, we did not expect him to react the way that he did.
‘This is a very tragic and unfortunate situation that unfolded very rapidly and the results are something we are going to have to deal with.’
Macagni said police had expressed condolences to the officer’s family.
His identity has not been released as some family members are still being notified.
The eight-year department veteran who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting.
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