WARREN -- As state investigators began looking into potentially criminal actions of city one police officer, another is being scrutinized for allowing a suspect to carry a gun into a cruiser.
Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation representatives were at the Warren Police Department Tuesday after officially launching a criminal investigation centered around veteran police officer Reuben Shaw.
Shaw, who is accused of illegally towing a car to his private property without the owner's permission, was placed on paid administrative leave last week.
Lt. Dan Mason of the Warren City Police Department's Internal Affairs Division said the investigation into Shaw's activities are in BCI's hands. He said Warren city could initiate its own internal investigation, but the two cannot overlap.
Meanwhile, Mason confirmed his department is looking into how a suspect was able to carry a gun into a police cruiser undetected in a burglary investigation early Sunday.
Mason said the officers involved could be reprimanded. However, it appears the incident resulted from a tactical error and not negligence, he said.
Mason said department policy is for all suspects to be patted down before they go into a cruiser for transport and as they are being transferred from one cruiser to another. A Warren police report indicates one of the officers failed to pat down the suspect.
Read more Wednesday in the Tribune Chronicle.