Cop arrested after faking death

An Austin police officer accused of faking his own death and fleeing to Mexico has been arrested.

(KXAN) An Austin, Texas police officer accused of faking his own death and fleeing to Mexico has been arrested in Dallas.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says 29-year-old Coleman Martin will be placed on restricted duty.

Martin was booked into the Dallas County Jail at 8:36 a.m. Wednesday, after flying from Colombia to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on his way to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Chief Manley says Martin was taken into custody at the airport without incident on a warrant for a false alarm or report, a Class A misdemeanor.

The officer, who joined the Austin Police Department in 2011, was last seen late on April 25 as he crossed into Mexico and boarded a bus.

A suicide note found in Martin’s abandoned vehicle triggered a massive search operation, using air assets, boats, dive teams and other ground efforts, using local, state and federal resources, police say.

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