Cop Kills Fellow Cop
Earlier this year a Santa Maria police officer suspected of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by a fellow officer as he was about to be arrested. There was a struggle, the suspect officer drew his weapon and fired his gun; a fellow officer then shot the suspect in the chest, the suspect officer, was married and a four-year veteran of the department. The dramatic shooting of a police officer by a colleague in the same unit roiled this northern Santa Barbara County city of 100,000, known more for its tri-tip and Elks rodeo than violent crime. Santa Maria police detectives were first made aware of allegations that the officer was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl, but the information was sketchy. An investigation followed, information unfolded during the time that the officer was on duty and unfolded very rapidly. It was very specific, that indicated that the officer was involved in not only an inappropriate sexual relationship, but a very explicit one and it demanded immediate action. The action resulted in the death of a police officer, while this is very tragic; the police officer Alberto Covarrubias Jr. was in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Now jump forward just to the past month. The city of Santa Maria has been put on notice that it could be subject to a lawsuit on behalf of the 17-year-old girl allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with police officer Alberto Covarrubias Jr. The notice claims that the girl was a Police Explorer and as such was supposed to be under the protection of the city of Santa Maria. It claims that on or about New Year’s Eve, Covarrubias embarked on a nefarious scheme to intimidate and rape the girl. The notice also claims: The unwanted sexual advances continued without abatement, with the knowledge and acquiescence of the city of Santa Maria and its police department who watched Albert Covarrubias Jr. engage in improper conduct of sexual harassment, sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault, battery, witness intimidation and rape during the month of January 2012 until police officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. was killed by fellow police office. Again this is tragic but it seems once again the Blue Line was keeping a secret and that secret will cost the city of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Police department.http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/claim-filed-against-sm-on-behalf-of-police-officer-s/article_350d0fde-71f3-11e1-af16-001871e3ce6c.html