DA: SDPD Officer Won’t Face Domestic Violence Charges

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    SDPD Officer Gilbert Lorenzo leaves the downtown jail Tuesday, May 6.

    A San Diego police officer arrested twice for domestic violence will not face charges, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

    Officer Gilbert A. Lorenzo, 31, was arrested on April 22 and May 5, and was released from custody both times.

    “When we decline a case, all we can say is that it is for insufficiency of evidence. We can only file charges when we believe we can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt. That's out legal and ethical duty,” Steve Walker with the DA’s office said in a statement Monday.

    Lorenzo’s wife Tanya spoke publicly against her husband, describing a violent argument between the two. In a court document, Lorenzo said his wife is bipolar and has abused drugs and alcohol.

    San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman was quick to announce the first allegations against Lorenzo amid allegations of misconduct within the department.

    Officer Lorenzo is a seven-year veteran of the department and works for SDPD's Northern Division. He was suspended without pay during the investigation, according to police officials.

    When asked about the future of Lorenzo's employment with the department, Lt. Kevin Mayer said in an email statement: "The San Diego Police Department is handling the administrative employer/employee aspect of this process which is confidential and protected from disclosure by law."

    On Monday, Tanya Lorenzo told NBC 7 she had no comment about her husband not facing criminal charges.

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