Officer who committed suicide was under investigation for child molestation
RICHMOND, Calif. (KTVU/BCN) - A San Francisco Police officer who shot and killed himself on Monday was under investigation by Las Vegas Police for inappropriate acts on a girl under the age of 14 in 2014, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).
The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office officially released the identity of the officer Tuesday morning. Antonio Cacatian, a nine-year veteran of the police force, was a Richmond resident.
LVMPD was in the process of submitting the case to the Clark County District Attorney’s office for two counts of attempted inappropriate lewdness with a child, but the D.A. never received the case.
Authorities in Vegas said a warrant was never issued by Vegas police and that there is no active warrant in their jurisdiction.
Police in Vegas said their department never made contact with the suspect. The incident was said to not be a "stranger incident". LVMPD said the victim and the suspect were family known to each other.
Cacatian, 49, was pulled over yesterday at 1:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Mall by Richmond police. He was stopped because he was under investigation by San Francisco police Internal Affairs for child molestation.
After stopping the vehicle, the officer heard a gunshot and went back to patrol vehicle to ask for help.
Richmond Police Lt. Felix Tan said officers weren't sure what happened because the windows of the suspect's vehicle, a dark-colored sedan, were heavily tinted. Officers used beanbag rounds to break the windows of the vehicle and found Cacatian dead inside.
Tan said police and the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office each have opened investigations into the death. Police say a firearm has been recovered from the suspect officer's car.
San Francisco Police Department issued a statement late on Monday and confirmed SFPD were in the city of Richmond on Monday regarding an investigation that involved multiple jurisdictions.
In addition they said the officer was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cacatian's fellow officers say they are shocked. He was a former Marine and was well liked by his co-workers. He worked at Park Station.
Neighbors say they never saw it coming.
"Being a cop you you would not expect anything like this from a cop and it goes to show that people that have things that they're hiding, they don't often look like the big scary monster," said Pam Graboske, a neighbor in San Pablo.