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OC DA's Office to Review Fullerton Police Chief, Captain's Alleged Concert Scuffle

August 30, 2018 - 1:20 pm

FULLERTON (CNS/KNX 1070) - Orange County prosecutors have the case and will now decide if they'll charge Fullerton's police chief and one of his captains for an alleged scuffle with an EMT.

Police say two EMT's were treating chief David Hendricks' wife at a concert in Irvine when an altercation broke out involving Hendricks and the captain.

Turns out there are some videos attached to it. There are three options: file a case, reject the case or send it back from more investigation.  

KNX reporter Jon Baird:

Meanwhile, the police in Irvine are asking the public for video of a scuffle that happened at the Lady Antebellum concert Friday night.

Irvine police are trying to track down any video they can find showing an altercation between some off-duty Fullerton officers and some EMT’s. Not just officers but the Fullerton Police Chief himself, David Hendricks and one of his captains, Thomas Oliveras. They allegedly assaulted EMT’s who were trying to treat the chief’s wife, who had slipped and fell.

Fullerton City Councilmember Jennifer Fitzgerald talked to KNX. KNX reporter Jon Baird:

 Kim Mohr, with the Irvine Police Department, she says they’re trying to track down more evidence. She wanted to make clear that the EMT’s are not under investigation and did nothing wrong. 

As for the Fullerton police chief and police captain, they’ve been put on paid leave while the investigation continues.  

Results of the investigation will be forwarded to the Orange County District Attorney's office for consideration.

Hendricks, who took the job just a year ago, was placed on paid leave, along with another member of the department, pending the outcome of an investigation into their off-duty conduct at a concert, officials revealed Monday.

City Manager Ken Domer, in a memo to police dated Aug. 25, said the investigation is "unconnected to the performance of official duties," adding it "relates to allegations of off-duty conduct outside of the city."

Capt. Bob Dunn, once the public information officer for the Anaheim police and fire departments, will serve as acting chief in the interim.

The off-duty conduct refers to an incident involving Hendricks, a police captain and two emergency medical technicians at a Lady Antebellum concert last Friday at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine.

It turns out, the EMTs were trying to treat an injured woman, who was the Fullerton police chief’s wife.

A source says she and her husband, along with the Fullerton police captain and his wife, had been drinking. The source says one of the officers put an EMT in a choke hold.

Irvine police were called to the venue at 9:42 p.m. last Friday. Kim Mohr of the Irvine Police Department said two members of the Fullerton Police Department and two EMTs got into some sort of a conflict and the police officers were asked to leave the concert.

Hendricks was appointed chief last July after serving as deputy chief of police in Long Beach. Hendricks started his law enforcement career in Long Beach in 1994.

Hendricks took over for former Chief Dan Hughes, who left for an executive security job at Disneyland.

Hughes left under his own cloud when a former Orange County district attorney's investigator alleged that the ex-chief sent a police sergeant to give then-City Manager Joe Felz a ride home after he crashed his car into a tree on Nov. 9, 2016. The former city manager later took a plea deal on a "wet reckless" count and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

Hughes took the job in 2012 from then-Acting Chief Kevin Hamilton, who took over from former Chief Michael Sellers, who went on paid medical leave following the officer-involved beating death of transient Kelly Thomas.

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