Deputy arrested after inmate reports assault incident, BCSO says

This is the second deputy fired in connection with the case

Victor Damian Collins, 26. (Bexar County Jail)

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and Public Integrity Unit investigators arrested an off-duty deputy in connection with a case involving the assault of an inmate, officials said.

The Public Integrity Unit obtained an arrest warrant for Victor Damon Collins on a charge of assault-bodily injury. Collins, 26, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

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The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said an inmate made an outcry that Collins had assaulted him on Sunday, and the Criminal Investigation Division began investigating the incident before Collins was arrested.

Use of force incidents were not logged in any reports involving the inmate, Salazar said Tuesday, but the inmate had “pretty substantial facial injuries.”

As investigators continued looking into the case, a probationary deputy admitted to them he witnessed the alleged assault, Salazar said. That deputy, 32-year-old Michael Anthony De La Cruz, was fired immediately.

Salazar also issued Collins a notice of proposed dismissal, BCSO said. Collins has been with the agency since October 2018.

“I think this shows that we continue to take a strong stance against misconduct,” Salazar said.

Salazar said additional charges may be pending in the case.

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