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Raleigh police officer, accused of assault, resigns

Posted June 11, 2009

— A Raleigh police officer accused of assaulting a man at his ex-wife's apartment earlier this year has resigned.

Senior Officer Andrew R. Caruana submitted his resignation, effective immediately, Thursday morning, following a Feb. 24 arrest on charges of assault, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

Raleigh police said Caruana, 32, was off duty when, his ex-wife claimed, he showed up at her apartment, on Heather Meadow Lane in Raleigh, beat up her male friend and destroyed her bedroom during a fight.

Caruana, 32, joined the Raleigh Police Department June 4, 2000, and was most recently assigned to the department's Gang Suppression Unit.

He is expected to go to trial on the charges next week.


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  • Iworkforaliving Jun 12, 2009

    He should have left the gun out of it if at all possible. The but stomping is her word against his.

  • doobedobedoodoo Jun 11, 2009

    not sure you'd pass that test TurnerJamesW,,,,,,,,

  • didisaythat Jun 11, 2009

    This happens everyday with domestic violence. I would bet that they are seperated and he came by and saw her with another man and lost control....the only differnce is his career. I bet most citizens that have this same situation do not loose their livelyhood.

  • Tater Salad Jun 11, 2009

    As with any profession there are always those who make mistakes or are not qualified to perform that job, but it is unfair to classify that entire profession based on those who make mistakes. - Organic Food is a Waste Of Money

    And how many teachers can take a life and get away with it? How many teachers have been caught covering up the actions of other teachers? How many teachers need cameras in their cars to make sure they're telling the truth? How many teachers can ruin someone's life with just their mere words (even if it is an outright lie?)

    apples to oranges anyone?

  • KermitDFrog Jun 11, 2009

    He'll end up getting a [police] job in another state. Stay tuned...

  • ImaBee Jun 11, 2009

    B Real -

    Several teachers have been accused of having inappropriate relationships with students, does that mean all teachers are sex crazed pedophiles? As with any profession there are always those who make mistakes or are not qualified to perform that job, but it is unfair to classify that entire profession based on those who make mistakes.

  • concerncitizen Jun 11, 2009

    Who's checking these guys out? Are they tested for mental problems? Maybe we need to update the test!

  • Timbo Jun 11, 2009

    "You can't have it both ways. Either foment for the Government or against them but don't straddle so mightily..."

    It's not contradictory. Expecting people to consider all options may be foolish on my part, but logically, before anyone can make statements that assume guilt, the person should be convicted. Caveats like "If found guilty..." are easily said/typed.

    "Fomenting" for or against the government is not an either/or proposition. You can rail against the IRS, but be happy with NASA.

    By advocating that a person's rights be considered even though they are part of the government is not for or against the government, it's advocating for the rights of a US citizen.

  • 1Packfan Jun 11, 2009

    Quagmire - if he had watched The Sheild, he would have slapped him with a phone book, urinated on him, then worked some sort of angle to get back at the Armenian mobs and make a ton of cash - all while doing everything he could to make sure that his local city councilman went crazy trying to figure out how to get rid of him. For those not familiar with the show - all of these are references to plot lines. One of the greatest shows of all time. sad that it's over.

    Doubly sad what's happening in this situation. I have no idea why he went off, but I know the stress that law enforcement goes through (just from seeing my uncle and other friends in the business). No excuses - what he allegedly did was wrong, and if found guilty, needs to bear the same punishment as anyone else. Just sad to see those that have sworn to uphold the law feel they are above it. From law enforcement all the way up to politicians.

  • wolff Jun 11, 2009

    Women are the downfall of many a good man...