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Former officer convicted in assault trial

Posted June 16, 2009 2:57 p.m. EDT
Updated June 16, 2009 4:49 p.m. EDT

— A former Raleigh police officer was convicted Tuesday on three charges in connection with an off-duty domestic incident at his ex-wife's apartment in February.

A judge sentenced Andrew R. Caruana, who resigned from the Raleigh Police Department last week, to 18 months of supervised probation after being found guilty of assault, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

The sentence is pending, because Caruana immediately appealed the decision to the Superior Court.

Caruana, 32, was off duty on Feb. 24 when, police said, he went to his ex-wife's apartment, beat up her male friend and destroyed her bedroom during a fight.

He had been with the police force for nine years and most recently was assigned to the department's Gang Suppression Unit.