A Santa Maria police officer who was fatally shot early Saturday morning by another officer after he reportedly resisted arrest, was identified Sunday by a family member as Albert Covarrubias Jr.
The shooting occurred about 1:20 a.m. when two supervising officers attempted to arrest Covarrubias, who was on duty, for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Covarrubias, a four-year member of the Santa Maria Police Department, was breaking down a DUI checkpoint at McElhaney Avenue and Broadway when the officers attempted to arrest him.
He allegedly resisted arrest and fired his handgun, prompting another officer to return fire.
Santa Maria Police Lt. James Ginter would not confirm the identify of the officer who fired the fatal shot, but he has been identified by local media as officer Matthew Kline.
Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni said during a press conference Saturday that the officer, as is routine in police-involved shootings, had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and external investigations.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting.