Arlington officer under suspicion killed himself, officials say

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An Arlington police officer who was arrested last weekend during a federal investigation apparently killed himself Tuesday afternoon, police reported.

Officer David Vo, 35, “committed suicide in the 2400 block of Park Run Drive near his home,” said Tiara Ellis Richard, police spokeswoman, in a news release.

A second officer, Thomas Kantzos, 45, was arrested Tuesday by the FBI, which is investigating possible fraud and “related activity in connection with computers,” the news release stated.

Texas Rangers are assisting the investigation, Richard said.

Kantzos, a 17-year department veteran, was in protective custody Tuesday at the Tarrant County Jail, Richard said. He has been placed on administrative leave.

A third department employee is being questioned and has been placed on administrative leave, the news release stated.

The exact nature of the accusations against the officers was not reported.

“While we are deeply disturbed by the actions of these employees, the Arlington Police Department is fully committed to bringing all who break the law to justice,” the news release said. “When we learned of the criminal allegations against our employees, we actively cooperated with the federal and state investigation.”

Police Chief Will D. Johnson said: “Criminal misconduct by our employees is intolerable as it damages the trust and confidence of those we serve. We will always aggressively pursue the arrest and prosecution of any employee engaged in this sort of behavior.”

News of Vo’s death emerged when police were summoned about 3:30 p.m. after getting a 911 call about a possibly suicidal person “believed to be an officer,” Richard said.

A gun was near the body of Vo, a three-year veteran of the department, but Richard said she did not know whether it was his service weapon.

The neighborhood is near the 2400 block of Park Run Drive close to the intersection with Vista Creek Court. The area borders Rush Creek Linear Park in west Arlington.

The officer lived in the neighborhood but the body was not outside his home, Richard said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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