TPD officer firings, resignations since 2011 - Tucson News Now

TPD officer firings, resignations since 2011

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Officials with the Tucson Police Department say five officers were either fired or have resigned since May 2012 for getting in trouble with the law.

Police say Benjamin Gaballa was fired today after he falsified an official report while being investigated for inappropriate conduct with an inmate.

Kyle McCartin was fired last month after his arrest on aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at a store clerk.

Martin Ward resigned in December 2012 in lieu of termination. He was arrested in May 2013 on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Lynsey Coutts was fired in May 2012 after an on-duty DUI investigation which resulted in her arrest.

Andrea Middleton resigned in June 2013, then indicted on three counts of computer tampering.

Since August of 2011, TPD has had three officers resign in lieu of discipline or termination, and seven officers terminated due to a criminal and/or administrative investigation. Of those seven, two of them were arrested and both have been convicted, pending sentencing.

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