S. Texas police chief fired after officer's death

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) — A San Antonio-area police chief has been fired nearly two months after the unsolved slaying of an off-duty officer.

Balcones Heights police Chief Henry Dominguez was fired Tuesday. City spokesman Lorenzo Nastasi says Dominguez, who can appeal to the City Council, was dismissed based on results of an internal investigation.

Police believe two masked suspects opened fire May 4 as Officer Julian Pesina closed a tattoo shop that he co-owned. Pesina also had a number of tattoos.

Dominguez faced a May 20 complaint from Officer Kenneth Ortiz, who alleged the chief ignored warnings about Pesina possibly having gang-related ties.

Dominguez has denied the allegations.

His attorney, Mark Anthony Sanchez, called the firing unjustified and said he would appeal to the local city council.

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