Denver cop Daniel Caballero arrested in Aurora in suspected domestic violence case

A Denver police officer who allegedly pulled a gun on a man after a party was arrested as a suspect in a domestic violence case in Aurora and has been fired.

Daniel Caballero, 27, was arrested Saturday night on investigation of domestic violence — harassment, menacing, and prohibited use of a weapon in an Aurora incident involving two other people, Denver police said in a Tuesday news release.

Aurora police said Tuesday that officers responded at about 11:20 p.m. Saturday to the 900 block of South Waco Way on a report of an armed person, possibly a domestic violence incident.

Caballero had gone to a party Saturday, with his girlfriend and three other people, all known to each other, where the suspect drank heavily, according to an arrest affidavit. The group left the party and Caballero’s girlfriend of seven years drove to the Waco Way residence. During the drive, Caballero allegedly pulled his girlfriend’s hair as she was driving.

When they reached the residence, an argument broke out, and Caballero allegedly “grabbed” a handgun, a black Glock 26, and “pressed it into” a victim’s stomach. That victim told Aurora officers that he was “scared for his life,” according to the affidavit.

Caballero was arrested after officers took statements from four people, including his girlfriend and the man who allegedly had a gun pulled on him.

Caballero joined the DPD in 2021 and was assigned to the patrol division. He was still on probationary status, following his hiring, and was fired by the department on Tuesday, Denver police said.

A determination on criminal charges, if any, will be made by the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

 

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