WARREN - A city police officer was ordered on Tuesday to surrender his duty weapon, badges, radio, identification and equipment related to his job after being placed on paid administrative leave.
Warren police Chief Eric Merkel informed Officer Reuben Shaw in a letter dated Tuesday that he would remain on paid leave pending the outcome of "any criminal and/or administrative investigations regarding the towing of a motor vehicle from private property."
Shaw, who has been with the Warren Police Department since Aug. 14, 1989, was informed of his new status and advised that he is prohibited from working any police related side jobs until further notice.
Merkel said he's written a letter asking the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to see if criminal charges should be filed. Merkel said there will also be an internal investigation into Shaw's actions, which Merkel said he just learned of Monday night.
Warren has terminated three police officers in the last year, including Manny Nites, David Gallagher, and Jeffery Miller, according to Warren Safety-Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa.
Miller was terminated for failing to follow the terms of his probation. He had a previous arrest in connection with drinking and driving as well as domestic violence.
Nites was terminated in 2012 after it was learned he participated in a fantasy football league while he was on duty. He previously was cited for coaching youth basketball games while on duty.
Gallagher was fired in May because he was unable to perform the necessary physical activity required of the job.