Fresno Police Officer arrested on domestic violence charges

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

A Fresno Police officer has been arrested for domestic violence. 

The Fresno Police Department announced the arrest on Tuesday. 


The big picture: According to police, the officer  – who was identified as a 30-year-old male – was arrested on Monday and booked into the Fresno County Jail. 

  • Fresno County jail records show that police officer Devin Franco was arrested late Monday afternoon and released from jail in the evening. 
  • Franco was hired by the department in 2018. 
  • He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, and all police property and firearms have been secured by the department. 

Driving the news: Police received a 9-1-1 call from a female victim requesting a welfare check on a male she had previously dated and had a child with. 

  • Officers arrived and determined possible domestic violence crimes were committed. 
  • Franco was booked into jail on two felony charges for domestic violence with visible injuries and false imprisonment. He also faces two misdemeanors for child endangerment and annoying and harassing phone calls. 

What they’re saying: “The Fresno Police Department is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our community who we are proud to serve,” 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 wrong doings, we will always conduct a thorough and accurate investigation to ensure accountability.” 

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