A Brier police officer found himself out of a job after leaving his post to respond to an active shooting situation in a nearby town.
After 25 years of service, Officer Dan Anderson had been retired as a Washington State Trooper, and chose to settle down and enjoy the quiet life of patrolling the 6,000 resident town of Brier.
Anderson sought out a graveyard shift position, and it was not uncommon for the small town to receive no emergency calls in the middle of the night.
That’s why, when Anderson heard the call of an active shooting in progress, in the nearby town of Mukilteo, as well as the call for “all available officers,” Anderson did not hesitate to respond.
According to Blue Lives Matter, 19-year-old Allen Ivanov arrived at a house where a party was being held, armed with an AR-15.
Apparently, Ivanov was upset that his ex-girlfriend was with someone else, because the teenager murdered her and two other party goers.
Officer Anderson heard the call over the radio, and was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene.
The former State Trooper entered the residence, along with two other Mukilteo officers, to put a stop to the shooter before anyone else was killed.
KIRO7 reported that during the last hour of Anderson’s shift, at around 4:30AM, Chief Mike Catlett arrived to formally tell Anderson that he was fired.
“WHEN I ASKED HIM WHY, HE SAID IT WAS BECAUSE I LEFT THE CITY OF BRIER UNPROTECTED TO RESPOND TO THE MUKILTEO SHOOTING.”
Blue Live Matter points out, through interviews with other officers of the precinct, that it would have been highly unusual for the small town of Brier to have received an emergency call during Anderson’s absence, and should such a call come in, there were other agencies on hand to step in.
After national outrage sparked up, over the firing of a hero in blue who left his post to run towards danger and save someone’s life, Brier Mayor Bob Colinas issued a public statement to address the matter.
Colinas explained that Anderson was not fired for leaving his post, but because he was not “meeting the expectations of the Police Department.”
“In fact, Mr. Anderson was let go from his probationary employment because it was determined that during his probationary employment he was not meeting the expectations of the Police Department in several key performance related matters.
Prior to the Mukilteo incident, these matters were pointed out to Mr. Anderson by the Police Chief during his probationary employment in an effort to seek improvement in Mr. Anderson’s performance.
Mr. Anderson was allowed to repeat his field training with a second field training officer. Ultimately this effort proved unsuccessful and a conclusion was reached that Mr. Anderson should not become a full time post-probationary police officer with Brier.”