4949shooter: you are most welcome.
Sharky7: I don't know because something nags at me about this incident. Phoenix PD recruits I trained at the academy and who worked that area in patrol or detectives clammed up right afterwards. A homicide detective I have known well for 25 years changes the subject and he was never shy about anything. A Sergeant in that precinct who is a Marine reservist and is my age - volunteered for in and was sent to Afghanistan. Even his wife was stunned about that one.
An ex-cop by the name of George Contreras [who now owns a guitar shop and worked with and played in a band with Drenth] keeps coming up in the investigation. He quit just two years prior to retirement and was implicated in the off duty scandal.
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Contreras knew that Drenth was dead within two minutes of its occurrence and 118 minutes before Drenth's wife found out. Both he and officers in the South Mountain precinct were served with court orders mandating surrender of DNA samples.
Drenth had no financial problems, no significant previous disciplinary issues, and no other known psychological stressors that would have triggered a suicide. Although the criminal case against the officers is ongoing, it isn't an organized scheme to defraud - though some officers claimed time worked and never bothered to show up. I have heard that Drenth was one of the late arrivers - early departers and that was it. Hardly anything to shoot ones self over. He could have pled out or even made a go for a finding of not guilty at trial with a decent CDA. At work, he would have gotten a day or two on the beach.
Dragoon44: Arizona chiefs have a historical zealotry when pursuing discipline against officers suspected of wrongdoing, even to go as far as trying to revoke certifications when the prosecutors won't file charges and the admin investigations don't turn up enough. The Phoenix "Public Safety Manager" [aka as a double dipping retired chief] Jack Harris brought the issue to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office after an instance of an officer shot an unarmed man and the officer was charger with homicide. The chief was also alleged to have cooked the kidnapping stats to get Federal grant funds for the department and some other internal personnel headaches over promoting cronies, covering for favorite underlings - like a Sergeant who got two DUIs within 5 years, was promoted to Lieutenant at the Homeland Security Bureau and now has an officer as a personal chauffeur to and from work each day etc. Plenty of cops say that it was designed to take the pressure off of Harris and show that he was "strong" on cleaning up their own "problems".
Phoenix PD is a mess right now and Harris was forced to retire. Some other Arizona agencies have a black eye or three for what their brass has done.
Joe Arpaio is under Federal investigation and was forced to fire his number 2 and 3 men at MCSO for lying and improper prosecutions. His number 4 is still on suspension and everyone that was investigated [judges, attorneys, county supervisors, etc] is suing for hundreds of millions of dollars total.
Another local chief at Goodyear PD had to retire when it was learned that he failed to ensure an investigation was conducted into an officer who willingly came forward after he struck and may have killed a pedestrian while on duty. His Commander just got relieved of duty.
The Director of Arizona DPS got into a headache over an off duty use of force and failing to disclose it during confirmation hearings.
As Sam Spade can ably attest, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik went off during the Giffords shooting and Pima County is probably still talking about his statements.
My former agency just had a supervisor get fired for using a GPS tracker on his estranged wife's auto without department permission, without a valid investigatory purpose, and after repeated incidents of domestic violence between them and in public. He was found guilty and placed on probation. He lost his termination appeal and then went over to his spouse's house and tied her up. The daughter fled the scene and called the local PD. The local PD goes into barricade mode and he makes statements that he os going to soak her in gasoline and immolate her. As the PD kicked the door, he shot and killed himself.
Frankly, I don't know what to make of it. I have seen and known individual cops go bad from time to time and some did commit serious or even ghastly crimes. It was so shocking because it was rather infrequent here. Now, it seems that the Baby Boomer generation concept of relativism, conditional ethics, and emotion based decision making has led to a generation of citizens and cops who can't do what is right and place their own selves above their jobs, families, missions, and ethics. Many more cops of all ranks and times in grade are doing simply stupid things for a moment of benefit.
The case of Sean Drenth looks like something out of a 1940s crime novel. I lean towards he being murdered by someone he knew well, yet not enough facts are available to me to go on more than a gut reaction. It has the experts stumped and they see a lot of homicides.