San Antonio Police Officer May Return To Duty After Threatening His Wife And Children

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Daniel Lopez, 44, a police officer in San Antonio, Texas, was accused of holding his wife and children at gunpoint in July 2013.

Lopez can keep his badge in accordance with a plea deal signed last month, KHOU reported. 

Lopez was originally charged with first degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of deadly conduct, but the charges were reduced because family members changed their stories.

At the time of Lopez's arrest, police said he hit his wife in the head with his gun and then pointed it at two children inside of his home. After a 20-minute standoff with police, Lopez surrendered without further violence.

Just a month before that incident, Lopez had been stripped of his weapon and placed on administrative duty for firing a gun at his home.

Following Lopez’s arrest in July 2013, then-Police Chief William McManus said, “There are deeper issues here than someone going off like that.”

Lopez pleaded no contest to a Class C misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for “making an obscene gesture.” He served one day on probation and was given a $100 fine.

The plea deal struck out any reference to a gun or family violence.

Interim Chief Anthony Trevino has several weeks to decide whether Lopez will return to work, but if Lopez is fired, he could go work for another police department. 

“Based on the evidence I've seen in the offense reports, I would have definite concerns about him remaining on the police force,” said Bexar County First Assistant District Attorney Woodrow Halstead.

Source: KHOU / Image via KHOU