North Port cop under investigation commits suicide

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NORTH PORT, Fla. - There has been a dramatic development in the case of two North Port Police Department officers under investigation for sexual assault.

Two North Port Police officers are charged with Sexual Battery and kidnapping. One of those officers is in custody of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, but before authorities could arrest the other officer, he shot and killed himself.

The charges stem from an investigation that began on March 2nd, after events happening at a party being held by a female victim.

According to a report by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, which was conducting the investigation, off-duty officer Melanie Turner was attending the party and invited on-duty officer Ricky Urbina, who was unknown by the victim, to the party.  Witnesses say that Urbina handcuffed the victim and he and Turner took her into a bedroom and locked the door.  That's when reports say the officers allegedly performed forced sex acts on the victim.

Following the incident, the victim notified a friend of what just happened.  The friend notified another off-duty officer at the party, that officer notified another off-duty officer present, who notified a supervisor.

Thursday, detectives reached a point of probable cause to arrest the officers.

Officer Turner was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Officer Urbina asked detectives to meet him at a pre-arranged location. But en-route to that location, detectives got the call that there was a shooting at Urbina's home.

Officer Turner's first appearance in court is Friday at the Sarasota County Jail.

North Port Police have taken over the investigation into Urbina's death.