Richmond, CA – A San Francisco police officer fatally shot himself on Monday, Dec. 18., after his car was stopped by another officer.
San Francisco Police Officer Antonio Cacatian, 49, was stopped about 1:30 p.m. in the Hilltop Mall parking lot near J.C. Penney by a Richmond police officer, according to KTVU.
He was stopped because he was under investigation by the Internal Affairs division of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) for child molestation.
Richmond Police Department (RPD) spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said that SFPD called his department for assistance Monday afternoon.
“They were conducting a criminal investigation and were requesting that one of our police officers make a traffic stop on a suspect they were investigating,” Lt. Tan said
After stopping Officer Cacatian’s vehicle, the Richmond police officer heard a gunshot as he approached the vehicle, and he went back to his cruiser to call for backup, according to Lt. Tan.
Lt. Tan said officers weren’t sure what happened because the windows of the officer’s vehicle were heavily tinted. Officers used beanbag rounds to break the windows of the vehicle and found Officer Cacatian dead inside.
Officer Cacatian was under investigation by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) for inappropriate acts on a girl under the age of 14 that occurred in 2014.
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 district attorney had not yet received the case, according to KTVU.
The incident was said to not be a “stranger incident,” and the victim and the suspect were family known to each other, according to KGO.
LVMPD said their investigation resulted from a report by a juvenile victim that Officer Cacatian molested her three years ago.
Lt. Tan said the Richmond Police Department (RPD) and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office each have opened investigations into the death. A firearm was recovered from Officer Cacatian’s car.
In a statement issued on Monday, the SFPD confirmed its officers were in the city of Richmond on Monday about an investigation that involved multiple jurisdictions.
Officer Cacatian was pronounced dead at the scene. His co-workers said that they never saw this coming, that he was a former U.S. Marine, and was well-liked. He was a nine-year veteran who was assigned to Park Station.