- Officer alleges he was fired from the force for not shooting and killing a suspect during a domestic disturbance call
- City manager disputes officer's account
(CNN)Former police officer Stephen Mader says the incident that cost him his job at the Weirton, West Virginia Police Department lasted less than 12 minutes. When it was over, a 23-year old man was dead.
"He didn't appear angry or aggressive... He seemed depressed."
'Such restraint should be praised, not penalized'
- March 2016: Mader allegedly entered a man's vehicle without a warrant to put a ticket on the dash on a rainy day. Police say he acted "in an inappropriate manner by cursing at the subject's wife as well as conducting an illegal search."
- April 2016: Mader, along with other officers, failed to report an elderly woman's death as suspicious. Subsequently, the death was ruled a homicide and because of his actions, evidence was moved, "thereby, contaminating the potential crime scene."
- March 2016: Mader was writing a second parking ticket for a vehicle, and when the owner came out irate and cursing, he responded using the f-word.
- April 2016: EMT and Fire told the officers who responded to the scene that the woman died of natural causes, he said, "so that's what we put down."