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Hearing Officer Upholds Termination Of Police Officer Involved In Fatal Shooting
LCW Managing Partner Scott Tiedemann and Associates Paul Knothe and Kaylee Feick recently prevailed in a police officer termination appeal. The case concerned a field training officer (FTO), who was one of two officers involved in a fatal shooting. The other officer was a probationary officer who had lateraled from another agency.
The probationary officer fired 75 rounds, many of which were through the windshield of a moving vehicle, during a slow-speed pursuit on a Saturday morning through a quiet residential neighborhood. During the pursuit, the FTO fired 11 rounds with a high-powered AR-15 rifle. The FTO also failed to: provide effective feedback to the probationer; give the suspect an opportunity to surrender; and use appropriate felony traffic stop tactics. For these reasons, the hearing officer concluded that the police department had just cause to terminate the officer’s employment.