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Docs: Officer threatened to kill wife, self

April 23, 2017 GMT

ALAMO — After accusing his wife of cheating on him, an Alamo police officer allegedly grabbed his service pistol and placed it to his right temple.

This and other details were revealed in a criminal complaint filed against Diego Manuel Guerrero, who was charged with assault causing bodily injury Wednesday.

Guerrero, 49, of Alamo, is accused of assaulting his wife on April 16 after he accused her of infidelity, according to the criminal complaint filed by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.

On Friday, Alamo Police Chief Arturo Espinoza declined comment, saying that city of Alamo officials would be commenting on Guerrero’s status with the department.

Messages left for Alamo city officials went unreturned as of press time.

The alleged assaults took place at the married couple’s residence in Alamo, with the first altercation coming that afternoon around 3 p.m. outside the residence, the complaint states.

After accusing his wife of infidelity, he demanded to search her phone but she refused, leading to her placing her hands on his shoulders to get his attention, the criminal complaint states.

“Diego then forcefully placed his hands on (redacted)’s chest and pushed her to the point of her falling to her knees and striking her back against a pole causing bodily injury,” the complaint states.

The alleged victim told authorities this continued throughout the day, with two more encounters with Guerrero and then a final confrontation with him when he grabbed his service pistol.

According to the report, Guerrero allegedly assaulted his wife once more in the kitchen, where he pushed his shoulder into her, and another time in their bedroom, where he again grabbed her by the chest and pushed her, the report states.

The last altercation took place around 10 p.m. after the alleged victim stepped out of the shower to find Guerrero had grabbed his service pistol and put it against his head.

“(Redacted) said Diego placed the pistol against the right side of his head and threatened to kill himself,” the complaint states. “(Redacted) said she took the pistol away from him. Adding that she was in fear for her life and was even more scared now because Diego would finish her; meaning that he would kill her or himself.”

DPS also interviewed a minor child in the home who witnessed the assaults.

The girl told authorities she witnessed the several assaults in the kitchen and in the bedroom, and could hear the argument in the bedroom after Guerrero pulled his service pistol.

“(Redacted) said she heard the upper slide of the gun pulled, knowing that is was Diego’s gun,” the complaint states.

The alleged victim said this wasn’t the first instance of Guerrero threatening her.

“(Redacted) stated in her interview that about two weeks earlier Diego had threatened to kill her and kill a male who he suspected of having an affair with (redacted),” the complaint states.

Guerrero’s arrest is the latest in a recent series of charges against local law enforcement officials who have been arrested or charged of crimes. Most recently an officer with San Juan police and a deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office were arrested in separate cases.

Guerrero, who posted a $5,000 bond and was released April 19, remains with the Alamo police department but his future status with department is unknown.

If convicted of the second-degree felony, Guerrero faces between two and 20 years in prison.

lzazueta@themonitor.com