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May 22, 2015

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Henderson Police fires officer whose vehicle was destroyed

A Henderson Police SWAT officer driving a department vehicle that caught fire after he struck a median has been fired, officials said.

Justin Simo’s employment was terminated Monday because of “serious policy violations” related to the incident, Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers wrote in a statement.

The fire happened in late February and led to the total loss of the department vehicle, which was consumed in flames at an apartment complex when firefighters arrived.

“I must have confidence that our officers will follow all policies and procedures designed to protect city property from avoidable damage, and that ensure officer safety and the safety of the public,” Moers wrote. “I am relieved that no one was injured in the incident; however, we must be responsible for our actions and be held accountable to the public we serve.”

Moers did not specify what parts of department policy Simo violated.

Simo may appeal the decision per his due process rights in the collective bargaining agreement, officials said.

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