WARREN -- As expected, and almost 10 months after placing him on paid administrative leave, city police Chief Eric Merkel has fired a veteran city patrolman accused of ethics violations and professional misconduct.
In a letter dated May 1, Merkel informed Reuben Shaw that he was terminated, effective immediately.
Shaw, who started with the city police department in 1989, is accused of illegally having a vehicle towed from private property on June 30, 2013, and towed to a garage he controls.
He has also been the focus of a criminal probe by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation. That case was handed over to the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office in March and is still pending.
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