A Brier, WA police officer is speaking out after being fired for responding to a deadly shooting in which other officers were asking for help in a neighboring city.
Dan Anderson, a 25 year law enforcement veteran stated that it’s unusual to respond to more than one call during a 10-hour shift, so he doesn’t understand why aiding a neighboring department is cause for being fired, according to KIRO 7. Most of his career was as a Washington State Trooper.
“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.
“When I asked him why he said it was because I left the city of Brier unprotected to respond to the Mukilteo shooting,” Anderson continued.
Anderson claims he was one of the first officers on scene and he entered the house with two Mountlake Terrace officers.
The shooting left three teenagers dead and a fourth seriously injured.
“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?” Anderson said. “I can’t understand that and if that means it’s time for me to find another line of work, so be it.”