TPD Responds to Arrest of Officer Carmen DeCruz
TEMPLE, TX (February 10, 2020) – Temple Police Officer Carmen DeCruz was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter for the Dec. 2 officer-involved shooting of Michael Dean.
The Temple Police Department has not received the results of the investigation by the Texas Rangers. Due to the pending prosecution, questions about this case will be deferred to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.
“I would like to give my condolences and regrets to the Dean family. I appreciate their patience during this investigation,” Interim Police Chief Jim Tobin said. “This has been a difficult time for the Dean family and the community. I assured the Dean family from the start that there would be an independent investigation by the Texas Rangers without any influence by our agency, and that has occurred.”
DeCruz will remain on paid leave until he is indicted, at which time he will be placed on unpaid leave. His pay status is required by law and Temple PD does not have discretion to change this.
The Temple Police Department’s internal investigation into this incident began on Dec. 4, 2019. The internal investigation is separate from the criminal investigation. It focuses on violations of Department Policy and Procedures as well as Civil Service Rules and Regulations. This investigation is expected to be complete by the end of February.
In addition to the internal investigation, Chief Tobin has requested an after-action review of the department’s response to this situation.
“After-action reviews are commonly performed after critical incidents," Tobin said. "It is the Department's goal to perform at a high standard, and to continue to improve our training, safety and service to the community."
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