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Police Officer Fired For Responding To Shooting

| by David Bonner

A party in Mukilteo, Washington turned tragic when a gunman opened fire, killing three and injuring one.

Armed with an AR-15 rifle, 19-year-old Allen Ivanov shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, 19, in addition to 19-year-olds Jordan Ebner and Jacob Long. Will Kramer, 18, was also shot but survived, reports Blue Lives Matter.

Ivanov was allegedly mad at Bui for breaking up with him.

One of the police officers who responded to the shooting was Dan Anderson from the nearby small town of Brier. Anderson, a retired Washington state trooper with 25 years of experience, began working for the Brier Police Department in December 2015, according to My Northwest.

Although considered a hero by many, Anderson was subsequently fired, allegedly for leaving his post in Brier and responding to the shooting in Mukilteo. The police officers on the scene were desperate for help, Anderson contends.

According to Anderson, Brier Police Chief Mike Catlett fired him on Aug. 15 in the final hour of his overnight shift. Catlett “told me it wasn’t working out and he let me go,” Anderson told KIRO. “When I asked him why, he said it was because I left the city of Brier unprotected to respond to the Mukilteo shooting."

Anderson defended his actions by declaring that the Mukilteo officers on the scene of the mass shooting were at a tactical disadvantage and needed help.  

“That’s good enough for me. If that’s not good enough for him, then maybe I’m not cut out to work for him anymore,” said Anderson of Chief Catlett. “And fair enough, it’s his call. That’s his call. But in good faith, I could never, never turn my back on an officer who is screaming for help.”

Sources: Blue Lives Matter, My Northwest / Photo Credit: Blue Lives Matter

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