A San Francisco police officer shot and killed himself in his car after he was stopped by Richmond police in a parking lot at Hilltop Mall Monday.
The officer, identified as Antonio Cacatian of Richmond, was stopped by police in that city at approximately 1:30 p.m. A Richmond police spokesman said that after the traffic stop was made the officer conducting the stop heard a muffled shot coming from Cacatian’s car, but couldn’t determine what had happened because of the heavy tint on the car’s windows.
Backup officers eventually fired beanbag rounds at the windows of the car, breaking them. They found Cacatian dead of a gunshot wound inside. A weapon of undisclosed type was recovered.
Richmond police and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office each opened investigations into the death. San Francisco police issued a statement late Monday stating that their investigators were in Richmond Monday – working a case that involved “multiple jurisdictions” and indicating that a warrant had been issued for Cacatian’s arrest.
Police sources said that Cacatian, a nine-year veteran of the SFPD, was being sought for allegedly having sex with a minor in Las Vegas.