TPD fires officer after internal investigation

TPD fires officer after internal investigation

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson Police officer who was a probationary employee has been fired after an internal investigation.

Benjamin Gaballa was hired in September 2012 and had been assigned as a patrol officer.

Personnel at the Pima County Jail reported on Aug. 20 that a female prisoner complained that Gaballa had behaved inappropriately.

Gaballa was removed from duty and placed on imposed leave while the TPD Office of Internal Affairs began investigating the claims.

Police say investigators found that Gaballa had allegedly falsified an official police report, engaged in misrepresentation of facts to his superior and mishandled evidence.

Gaballa's employment with TPD was terminated on Aug. 22.

A criminal investigation into Gaballa's actions continues.

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