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Fresno Cop Arrested on Felony Domestic Violence Charges Is Identified by Sheriff’s Office

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A 30-year-old Fresno police officer was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and false imprisonment Monday and booked into jail, authorities said. (GV Wire File)
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Authorities said Tuesday morning that a Fresno Police Department officer was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and false imprisonment late Monday afternoon.

Fresno Police Officer Devin Franco Booking Photo

Fresno police officer Devin Franco bailed out of Fresno County Jail on Monday. (Fresno County SO)

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office identified the officer as Devin Franco of Fresno.

“Franco spent three hours in Fresno County Jail on Monday and was released after posting bond,” said sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti. “His bail was set at $40,000.”

Franco is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Feb. 21, Botti said.

The suspect has been a Fresno police officer since 2018, Lt. Bill Dooley said in a news release. Franco also is accused of committing two misdemeanors: child endangerment and making harassing phone calls.

Following a day-long investigation, the 30-year-old officer was arrested, jailed, and placed on paid administrative leave. The officer also surrendered his firearms and other department-issued equipment, Dooley said.

Dooley said the suspect came on the department’s radar after a woman called 911 requesting a welfare check on the officer, whom she had previously dated and with whom she has a child. The domestic violence accusation included the notation that the woman had “visible injuries.”

“The Fresno Police Department is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our community who we are proud to serve,” Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said in a statement. “Our transparency and professionalism are both integral parts of this commitment. When our personnel are accused of criminal acts or wrongdoings, we will always conduct a thorough and accurate investigation to ensure accountability.”

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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