Carbondale police officer who killed self had been under investigation
April 8, 2011
CARBONDALE, Colo. (AP) – A Carbondale police officer who killed himself last month had been under investigation over an alleged sexual assault.
Carbondale officials said Wednesday that Nino Santiago told his chief about the Arapahoe County sheriff’s office investigation about two weeks before he shot himself while on duty March 22. They say Santiago denied involvement in the alleged domestic assault about eight years ago.
Town officials say Police Chief Gene Schilling determined that since no charges had been filed and Arapahoe County investigators hadn’t contacted his department, Santiago would remain on the job.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told KDNK-FM that Santiago’s relatives had brought forward the sex assault allegations, which potentially involved a juvenile. Robinson says investigators hadn’t determined the validity of the allegations, and the investigation ended with Santiago’s death.