Former Mission police officer charged with felony assault

The city of Mission fired a police officer Saturday after he was charged with felony assault.

Former police Officer Arturo Casanova Jr., 36, of Mission is accused of choking his wife during an argument. Casanova surrendered to investigators Saturday, when they obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Former Mission police Officer Arturo Casanova Jr. is charged with assault, a third-degree felony. Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m extremely disappointed in the actions of our former employee and he has been suspended indefinitely from the Mission Police Department,” police Chief Robert Dominguez said in a statement. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Casanova — who had been assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force — couldn’t be reached for comment.

For police officers protected by civil service regulations, indefinite suspension is similar to being fired.

Casanova joined the Mission Police Department in 2009, when he graduated from a regional police academy, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records. After 12 years with Mission, his career unraveled in a matter of minutes.

At about 1:48 a.m. on May 27, a police officer responded to a disturbance on the 1200 block of Dons Drive.

The officer spoke with Casanova’s wife, who said he became upset when her phone started “going off,” according to Mission Municipal Court records.

Casanova said his wife “grabbed him by the face, and stated that he tried to push her back,” according to court records. His wife, however, said that Casanova had choked her during the argument.

Casanova is charged with assault, a third-degree felony.

 

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