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CCPD officer accused of domestic violence retires

Posted at 10:26 AM, Feb 19, 2019

The Corpus Christi Police officer recently arrested for domestic violence is no longer with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Corpus Christi Police Department’s Public Information Officer Gena Pena says Officer Tommy Cabello retired yesterday afternoon. The retirement followed a meeting with the Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Cabello is charged with Continuous Violence Against a Family Member, Tampering With a Witness, and Tampering With Evidence.

A special prosecutor has been assigned to this case. These cases are normally prosecuted by the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office. However, because District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, a former criminal defense lawyer, represented Cabello in past cases, the DA’s office has recused itself from this recent case.

Court and police documents show Cabello has a history of physical and mental abuse toward family members.

The latest charges come after an incident in November where police were responding to a report of domestic disturbance at a residence in Robstown.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cabello said he and his wife had gotten into an argument, but Cabello’s wife said she did not want to press charges.

However, the affidavit outlines several conflicting audio and video recordings by Cabello and his wife regarding the incident.

Ultimately, Cabello’s wife said she had been abused, both physically and emotionally, by Cabello for years. The couple’s son also recalled witnessing the alleged abuse.

The case has been assigned to the 214th District Court, which specifically handles cases of domestic violence.

Cabello served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 14 years.