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Chief Fires Officer For Responding To Murder Scene

Chief Fires Officer For Responding To Murder Scene

A Brier (Washington) police officer says he was fired for responding to a shooting that left three teenagers dead and a fourth seriously injured. He says the city’s police chief told him he shouldn’t have left Brier unprotected to answer another city’s call for help.

Brier has a population of a little over 6,000 people, the Police Department is small enough to share a building with City Hall.

Former Officer Dan Anderson says it’s unusual to respond to more than one call during a 10-hour shift, so he doesn’t understand why coming to the aid of a neighboring department is cause for termination.  He was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene and entered in order to render aid.

After retiring from the patrol last December, Anderson took an overnight patrol position with Brier Police Department. Eight months later — and essentially in the middle of the night — he was fired.

“Chief (Mike) Catlett came in at about 4:30 in the morning on Monday morning in the last hour of my shift and told me it wasn’t working out and he let me go,” Anderson said.

Anderson said Chief Mike Catlett gave him a formal letter, but it doesn’t offer an explanation.

“When I asked him why he said it was because I left the city of Brier unprotected to respond to the Mukilteo shooting,” Anderson explained to us.

We say good luck Chief.  You had a 25 year veteran of the State Police that was no doubt highly trained and qualified.  We doubt anyone with half a sense, would ever work for you.  In the end, your city loses.

 

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  • coachscott134

    To Chief, Mike Catlett: Sorry chief but your attitude is likely the one to be killed while on duty. You have no sense about community policing, and you really don’t care about other small cites citizens around yours. That is very sad and very non-human, more like a thug. You just lost a great officer! And now nobody will work for a idiot doing night shift! LOL!

  • lshaft

    I know of a situation here in Maryland where 3 officers were working the midnight shift and a corporal was acting as shift commander. A chase initiated in another county by state police, who were joined by the county sheriff’s patrol and a local municipality police department. The chase continued into our county where Maryland Tralsportation Police, the county sheriff’s office and all 3 officers of the local department joined in the chase. The chase continued into another agency’s jurisdiction and they, too, joined in the chase. Finally, the chase ended 13 miles from the location of the 3 officers that joined in. The 3 officers, in separate cars, joined that chase and left the city unprotected and the chuef was livid: he demoted the corporal back to pfc and suspended him for 30 days without pay. The corporal took the summary punishment versus possibly being fired if he lost at a trial board. The chief took no action against the other 2 officers since the corporal had failed to take supervisory action. I knew the chief and he was one great police with a stellar record and credentials. And I agreed with him fully. This initiated over an attempt to elude police because of a suspected DUI and once those cars cleared my area without any harm or problems, I would have called it off for my people and resumed patrol of the city.

    • likeyoudontalreadyknow

      The situation you describe is very different from the one in this article. In your situation, there were plenty of other officers from multiple agencies handling the situation so those officers could have backed off after he left their jurisdiction.

  • AAA

    Washington Police have a formal MOU system. I don’t see this termination standing up in court

  • David

    My question is, with a department that small, why is there a chief? Time to start looking at state and federal funding…

  • likeyoudontalreadyknow

    Mike Catlett has only been Chief for about 2 years. This is his first job as chief of department – and it should be his last. Sounds like he let it go to his head. I’m guessing he felt threatened by an officer with the experience Dan has, so he decided to swing his little dick and fire him. Brier would do good to find a new chief. A spirit of cooperation and mutual aid among local agencies (police, fire, EMS) is critical to crisis management. By damaging those relationships, Mike Catlett just made Brier less safe.

  • likeyoudontalreadyknow

    Mike Catlett has only been Chief since May 1. Sounds like he let it go to his head. I’m guessing he felt threatened by an officer with the experience Dan has, so he decided to swing his little dick and fire him. Brier would do good to find a new chief. A spirit of cooperation and mutual aid among local agencies (police, fire, EMS) is critical to crisis management. By damaging those relationships, Mike Catlett just made Brier less safe.

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