Fullerton’s Police Chief Resigns

Fullerton’s police chief has resigned two months after he and a Fullerton police captain were involved in a scuffle with a group of paramedics at a Lady Antebellum concert in Irvine.

“I am honored to have had the privilege of leading the men and women of the Fullerton Police Department,” David Hendricks, said in a statement released by the city. “I am grateful to the City Council and City Manager Ken Domer for the opportunity to serve the Fullerton community as Chief of Police.”

CityNews touched on the incident in September. The group was reportedly drinking at the concert when some sort of altercation broke out. During the fight, one of the paramedics was allegedly placed in a “chokehold” by either Hendricks or the police captain, Thomas Oliveras.

An investigation was launched by the Irvine Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Both men were placed on leave on Aug. 25.

Fullerton Police Capt. Robert Dunn II has been serving as interim chief since Hendricks was placed on leave. He will maintain that position through the beginning of next year while the city searches for a permanent replacement.

It has been a difficult year for the Fullerton Police Department. Just days after Hendricks and Oliveras were placed on leave, a former police sergeant was charged with one felony count of filing a false police report in an unrelated incident involving Fullerton’s former city manager.