Cop Watch

Monday, July 18, 2005

Two city officers facing charges

For the second time in a week the Columbus Police Department has been forced to arrest one of its own officers.

Officer Gregory Diltz, 45, was arrested on Thursday and charged with pointing a gun at another person. Records show he was booked into the Muscogee County Jail on Thursday at about 1 p.m. Diltz was released after posting a $250 bond and his case will be decided in State Court.

Police Chief Ricky Boren was not available for comment Saturday, and police said the incident report on pointing a gun was not available because it was still under investigation. Diltz's status with the department was unavailable late Saturday.

This arrest came a day after Columbus police arrested officer Philip Matteo on Wednesday on charges of forgery and illegally obtaining an addictive painkiller with falsified prescriptions. Police were investigating Matteo for two months before he was arrested in the 911 emergency center where he works in the Public Safety Center.