A Brier, Washington, police officer was allegedly fired because he left his city to respond to a deadly shooting.
Dan Anderson, a retired state trooper who most recently had a job with the Brier Police Department for eight months before his firing, said he was one of the first officers to respond to the scene of a shooting in Mukilteo that left three teens dead and one seriously injured.
Anderson told KIRO that he responded to a call for help from the neighboring city’s department, and that there were other cities who sent officers as well.
After the shooting, Anderson said he was approached at 4:30 a.m. by Chief Mike Catlett and told that 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,” he said. Catlett reportedly gave him a letter but didn’t give 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,” he said.
Anderson said that he responded because the Mukilteo department was desperate for any help they could get.
“I think [the chief] was trying to do right by the city of Brier and I agree with that philosophically but ultimately when officers are asking for help, how can you expect a good officer to turn a deaf ear to that?” he said. “I can’t understand that and if that means it’s time for me to find another line of work, so be it.”
Many readers expressed outrage over Anderson’s firing, but applauded him for putting the safety of others ahead of the rules of his job.
“Answering to a call of duty this officer went above and beyond of what he had to do without question he backed his fellow officers from a different jurisdiction to help than he gets fired the chief of police in his town better look at the Manuel of police officers he should be fired,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“That chief of police should be the one to go! Officer Anderson was doing his job and a good one at that. I pray you find another job soon, people deserve to have a good cop like you,” another wrote.
“Thank you Officer Anderson for your service. Without your help we will never know how many lives would of been lost. Prayers are going out to you and your family. Remember what they say about karma,” another added.
Sources: KIRO, Mad World News/Facebook / Photo credit: Postdlf via Wikimedia Commons, KIRO