|Ricky Urbina & Michelle Turner|
North Port - A veteran North Port police officer was arrested Thursday night on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment, while a fellow officer took his own life before a warrant for his arrest was served.
Police crews were at the North Port home of the late officer Ricky Urbina well into the night, investigating his death.
The veteran police officer was about to be arrested on the same charges as his fellow officer, Michelle Turner.
The investigation into their misconduct, started in early March.
"I had a feeling he was involved. Only because his police car hadn't been here for the past couple weeks. Crazy anything like this goes on in such a small town," a neighbor on Urbina's street told 10 News.
"He was a nice guy."
In the heavily redacted affidavit, the victim, (who, in accordance to our 10 News Crime Guidelines, will not be named), claims she was handcuffed by Officer Turner and taken into a bedroom at a birthday party.
That's where the alleged sexual assault involving both officers took place. The details are so graphic, 10 News has chosen not to reveal them.
Urbina was on duty at the time of the party, and Turner was not.
In a press conference today, the Sarasota Sheriff's Office explained there was an agreement in place: If either officer would be arrested, they'd be notified ahead of time. Turner complied and was taken into custody.
Urbina had one request. To be arrested at a location separate from his home, but as detectives were en route to the location, there was a shooting at his home. Urbina was found dead.
The North Port Police Chief is scheduled to hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. 10 News will have more information as it becomes available.